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Doctors urge families to vaccinate kids regardless of fall school plans

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DULUTH, MN-- A new survey shows a recent vaccinations decline in children and teenagers throughout Minnesota.

The study comes from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

It states a 30 to 40 percent drop in kids vaccinations and a 40 to 50 percent drop in adolescents.

The study states the decrease is due to fears of visiting a medical office during the pandemic.

Because of this decrease, doctors want to warn families that even though there isn't a coronavirus vaccine yet, it's important to keep up with other immunizations for their kids, like tetanus.

Pediatricians also reiterated this importance regardless of where school will be instructed this upcoming year.

"Whether your child is in school or at home, your child is probably going out and interacting with the community, even if it's going out and interacting with other kids on the street," said Dr. Gretchen Karstens, a pediatrician at St. Luke's Pediatric Associates. "Whether or not you're in a classroom you are exposed to people from whom you could potentially get a vaccine-preventable disease."

Karstens said St. Luke's is taking precautions like cleaning rooms, wearing masks, face shields, and gowns to provide a safe visit for patients needing vaccines.

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Larissa Milles

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