Montana Public Radio

Montana Department of Health and Human Services

Vaccination
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the number of vaccines being given to children for diseases like polio and hepatitis B has fallen dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic.

Montana’s public health departments and providers, seeing the same decline, are concerned it could lead to an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease and pull resources away from the COVID-19 response.

Empty school classroom
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It’s been six weeks since the coronavirus pandemic shifted Montana’s public school districts to remote and online learning, and some school counselors are struggling to check in with students. Counselors say the lack of daily face-to-face interactions may prevent some from getting the help they need.

A microscopic view of the COVID-19 virus
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The COVID-19 virus has officials with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

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