CONCORD, N.H. (AP) U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan is pushing federal officials to address the declining rate of routine child immunizations during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hassan, a Democrat, led 16 senators in writing to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voicing concern that the decreased immunization rates for measles and other dangerous diseases could lead to outbreaks. They urged the CDC to develop a plan to address the problem, including educating parents about how to visit doctors while limiting the risk of contracting COVID-19.
Earlier this month, the CDC reported a notable decrease in the number of vaccines ordered through a federal program that immunizes half of all children in the country.
As of Thursday, 4,386 people had tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, an increase of 101 from the previous day. Nine new deaths were announced, bringing the total to 232.
For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and the infirm, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.
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