Vaccination of free-falling infants in March

Delay exposes children to potentially serious illness, worries the Academy of Medicine.

The delivery of the measles and rubella vaccine was 50% lower during the week of March 23-29 than expected.
The delivery of the measles and rubella vaccine was 50% lower during the week of March 23-29 than expected. NEIGHBOR / PHANIA / phanie

Covid-19 risks ruining the progress made in the vaccination of infants in France. According to the National Medicines Safety Agency (ANSM), sales of vaccines intended to protect children before 2 years of age have been in free fall since the establishment of containment. Its Epi-Phare report, published on April 21, shows that the delivery of penta and hexavalent vaccines, which immunize against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and meningitis to Haemophilus influenzae, is down 23%. That of the measles and rubella vaccine is 50% lower in the week of March 23-29 than expected. It is likely that this trend continued in April, according to experts.

“It’s very disturbing, indicates Pr Pierre Bégué, pediatrician and member of the National Academy of Medicine, who was alarmed by the data in a statement released on Tuesday. Any delay in immunization exposes infants to frequent illnesses that

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