In 2020, government orders to stay home — along with lockdown-produced job losses, public fear of COVID-19 and other factors — led to dramatic declines in in-person utilization of healthcare services among adults and children, both in the United States and globally. according to The Defender
In the U.S children’s and teen’s vaccination rates plummeted dramatically falling that year by as much as 91% depending on the age group, including a noticeably lower uptake of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccines (DTaP or DTP), meningitis shots and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.
Observers by June 2020 had begun to notice a ‘pandemic effect’ on the death rates among infants. And this effect was a positive one in that there were 200 plus fewer infants dying per week and a 30% reduction in expected deaths.
Whether this positive effect also extends to a lessening of epidemic illnesses such as ADHD, autism, allergies, sids and diabetes will be interesting to see.
Already analysts such as (CHD) Chief Scientific Officer Brian Hooker have pointed out how the missed infant vaccines coincided with a “precipitous drop” in reports of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (Vaers) and emergency room (ER) doctors have reported observing a decline in SIDS with some reporting they might see 3 cases of SIDS in a typical week but are now seeing zero cases since the COVID pandemic and associated lockdowns began.
It is not just in the US that the numbers of infants receiving scheduled vaccines has dropped.
The World Health Organisation and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) found the percentage of children who received three doses of the vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis fell by five points to 81 per cent between 2019 and 2021. This equates to roughly 25 million children missing out on one or more doses of basic vaccines in 2021 alone. India, Nigeria, Indonesia, Ethiopia and the Philippines recorded the highest number of children not getting vaccinated.
Rather than using this hiatus in the vaccination of the young as a chance to question the growing lists of childhood vaccines and observing the fall in infant deaths during the pandemic, Catherine Russell, UNICEF Executive Director, said.”This is a red alert for child health. We are witnessing the largest sustained drop in childhood immunisation in a generation. The consequences will be measured in lives.”
The childhood vaccination schedules in the US and Australia are intense. This is the Australian National Immunisation Program Schedule from birth until 18 months as at 1 July 2020. There are more shots at 4 years and again at secondary school level.
Some of these injections are multi vials in that they have more than one vaccine in the vial. For example at 2 months the child is scheduled to be injected with infanrix Hexa which contain Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).
Not just one vaccine but 6 in one vial. This is repeated again at 2, 4, and 6 months of age followed by boosters of same.
Australia conducts an aggressive vaccination program – far more aggressive than many nations in the world. A child born today will receive 49 vaccine doses by the time they reach adulthood, when the standard schedule has been followed to the letter.
Health officials did not expect this “pandemic hangover” to continue but parents who once accepted childhood vaccination without question are now saying, “Wait a minute. Do I really need these vaccines?” and are asking, “How are these vaccines made?”
What no one expected is that the extreme lockdown response to COVID has produced a natural experiment described by the Defender as A COVID Silver Lining? where more parents than ever are questioning ‘routine’ childhood vaccines.