The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a new public service announcement portraying parents who get their children caught up on their vaccines as animated superheroes in the latest installment in the AAP’s Call Your Pediatrician campaign urging childhood immunizations. The PSA is available in English and Spanish.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s public sector vaccine ordering data show a 14 percent drop in 2020-2021 compared to 2019, and measles vaccine is down by more than 20 percent. In Minnesota, childhood immunization rates continue to lag behind pre-pandemic numbers. According to MMR administration data for Minnesota children under 2, rates are down 7 percent in 2021 compared to the same time period in 2019.
Consider sharing the PSA videos to your social media accounts with the hashtag #CallYourPediatrician to join in the conversation about keeping children on track with immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID vaccine becomes available to children, it cannot be given at the same time as other vaccines, so children and teens who are not caught up on their immunizations will fall even further behind.