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"We are a lot behind": how the state keeps children on regular vaccines

 Some young learners struggle to develop early reading comprehension, while others come across the concept of mathematics. There is also. Repeated pandemic pivots prevented students from practicing learning in the classroom, affecting their mental health and keeping them away from their peers. The learning curve in the CBC News series explores the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian students and what it takes to recover from a pandemic-confused school education.

Since 2017, Chantel Plunkett has been working on an in-school vaccination program in Brampton, Ontario for preventable diseases such as HPV, hepatitis B and meningococcal disease. I am vaccination of children.

After that, a pandemic occurred and the school was closed, which interrupted the vaccination program in the school nationwide and caused many children to lag behind the planned immunity. ..

In the Peel region of Ontario, where Plunkett is the supervisor of public health clinics, people who missed the planned shots in grade 7 went on to high school. They "haven't really finished the series with us," Plankett said.

"We are a lot behind," she added.

Brampton-based nurse Chantel Plunkett vaccinated against HPV, hepatitis B and meningococcal disease in the Peel area. It states that it is lagging behind. (Submitted by Chantel Plunkett)

Due to school closures, staff shortages and public health departments, Canadian children and teens suffer from a variety of cancers and sexually transmitted diseases. We are lagging behind regular firing to prevent.

Currently, the public health sector is struggling to catch up — but there is still work to be done, and several states have reported inadequate vaccination. Experts say that improving access to regular vaccines will make all the difference.

School programs have been adversely affected, studies say

Approximately two months after the 2020 pandemic, the National Advisory Board on Immunity (NACI)recommendedSchool-based vaccine programs, including those for teens, may be postponed until school reopens. 

However, the on and off nature of face-to-face learning during the 2020-2021 school year is that some students study in a virtual or hybrid format, so everyone goes to school. Not. Vaccine catch-up. 

"School-based vaccines are completely different animals," said Shannon McDonald, Principal Investigator of the study and Associate Professor of Nursing and Public Health. .. University of Alberta in Edmonton.

"There was then a COVID vaccine program launched in December [2020]. After that, public health was expanded again to try to provide the COVID vaccine, so from 2020. The whole year of 2021 was small. There are also losses. "

Shannon McDonald, associate professor of nursing at Alberta University , Announced research with other research groups. The base routine immune program was most adversely affected by the pandemic. (John Ulan / Ulan Photography)

Vancouver Coastal Health Health Officer Dr. Meena Dawar provides regular vaccines in local schools in the event of a pandemic Said that the staff working for was relocated. strike.

"Our public health staff were taken back and diverted to COVID cases and contact tracing jobs, which was essentially more urgent at that time," she said. ..

CanvaxVaccines and schedules vary by state and region, but in most cases children have HPV, meningococcal disease, hepatitis B Receive regular injections to protect yourself from such illnesses. Administer them to 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade students. 

'Our public health staff was brought back and COVID case and contact tracking work was essential at that time. It was more urgent, "said Dr. Meena Dawar, Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health. (Submitted by Meena Dawar)

In 2020, a team of researchers from universities across McDonald's and Canada will conduct apandemic survey. did. Determine how the pandemic affected your daily vaccine program. 

School-based programs have been reported to be the most adversely affected and are based on interviews with public health leaders in 11 states and territories (New Brunswick and Yukon). The representative did not participate). School closures, limited resources, and some public hesitation to attend health promises were the main factors. 

Statistics Canada conducts a pediatric national immunosurvey every two years, currentlyongoing — these figures indicate the degree of pandemic. Shows affected daily vaccine intake.

Results will not be published until 2024, the Public Health Agency of Canada emailed CBC News.

A catch-up clinic is underway due to delays in state reporting

Public health restrictions have been relaxed and schools across the country plan a full return to face-to-face learning next year As such, local health authorities will resume regular vaccine "catch-up" clinics this summer and fall.

Ariella Zbar, a medical officer at Fraser Health in British Columbia, said health units are campaigning to catch up with children after observing delayed vaccination rates across multiple age groups. I did.

"We are looking at the lessons learned from COVID-19," Zbar said. This includes expanding services and partnering with the state's education sector, as well as combating misinformation and self-satisfaction among parents.

Ariella Zbar, a medical officer at Fraser Health in British Columbia, is reviewing lessons learned from COVID-19 by health officials. Said. (Submitted by Ariella Zbar)

Nova Scotia Health Conservation Manager Kim Magill said the state was absent while observing consistent uptake of vaccination rates. Explained that is high. At the school clinic.

"If for some reason you do not immunize these children by this grade, you will be followed up again in the fall."

To other states There is a way to catch up with the children. In the

Peel region, Plunkett says, efforts are underway to keep the current and graduating students up to date. This includes extended access to school-based vaccine programs for students graduating this year or last year until 2023.

In April, thousands of Ontario students lag behind normal immunization (usually school immunization) with at least one dose. It is reported that it was.

Similarly,June survey shows thatlags behind New Brunswick shots so that state top doctors keep parents up to date with their children. I found that it was urging.

According to another study led by McDonald's, the HPV infection rate of students in Alberta schools plummeted from 66.4% to 5.6% between 2019 and 2020. This number increased slightly from 2020 to 2021. School year.

What underlies these low intake numbers? 

"Access is certainly the biggest driver affecting routine school-based immunity, and perhaps most other immunity," said 19 Co-Chairs and CEOs. One Dr. Jia Hu said. To Zero, a vaccine advocacy group. 

Alberta Health Services' former medical officer, Hu, plays a relatively small role in misinformation and low vaccine hesitation compared to access issues. I added.

In October 2021, 19 to Zero announced the results of a vote with the University of Toronto. This indicates that 23% of children missed or delayed regular firing during a pandemic.

19 to Zero Co-Chair and CEO Dr. Jia Hu said access is now affecting everyday school-based immunity. It is a driving factor of ". (Erin Collins / CBC)

Dr. Sloane Freeman, a Toronto doctor and school-based medical expert, said children living in an isolated community in the city. Faces more significant barriers to access to vaccines than others who said they are more likely to receive distance education.

"The loss of immunity at school during this time would have affected them even more," she said.

Some members of a socially estranged community are distrustful of health services and providers because of systematic racism and a history of discrimination. CBC News reported last year. 

Therefore, schools are "the center of the community and often the place where families, parents and students feel safe based on relationships and trustworthy relationships, so vaccines It's an important forum for dissemination. Educators. "

"Therefore, it is an ideal place to get information about immunization as well as immunization."

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