Experts: Lack of child flu vaccinations could serve as ‘double-whammy’ as COVID-19 pandemic continues into fall semester

Experts concerned with decline in child flu vaccinations ahead of school year

TULSA, Okla. — Experts say they’re concerned as child flu vaccinations are down across the U.S. heading into back-to-school season.

Flu vaccinations for children are down by 21 percent and experts say it could serve as a “double-whammy” with heightened flu season combined with hospitalizations for COVID-19.

The national average rate of vaccinated children in the United States is 58 percent. Oklahoma has a 55 percent rate of child flu vaccinations, ranking it the 19th-lowest rate in the nation.

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The Tulsa Health Department has seen a 21 percent decrease in clients coming in compared to last year. Health officials want to encourage kids to get flu vaccines before the fall semester starts.

Find more information from the Kaiser Family Foundation here.