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The Vaccination Divide

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Julie Weikle Blackwood
Dr. Sherri Young, the executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, administers a vaccination to a teenager.

The race is on to develop a vaccination that can bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers around the world are working on an immunization to slow or stop the outbreak. As that effort ramps up, there’s clear evidence that childhood vaccination rates for existing infectious diseases have plummeted.

Parents and families have postponed or canceled routine healthcare appointments fearing COVID-19 contagion. Standard immunizations for diseases like measles, mumps, diphtheria and pertussis are down between 40 and 50 percent.

Whether we’re talking about a coronavirus vaccine or standard childhood disease prevention, some people  are eager to get vaccinated while others refuse. How are people likely to respond to a COVID vaccination when it’s finally developed?

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