Vaccinating our Children?

The last year has been hard on all of us, especially so for our children. Thankfully, there appears to be a “Scientific” light at the end of the tunnel. Yes, we’re talking about vaccinating children.

Many adults are now realizing the benefits of full vaccination. They are ditching masks, going back to work & enjoying nights out on the town in ways recently impossible due to the pandemic. But what about our children? Recently, the FDA provided the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 12 & older.

While many children do not suffer the severe illnesses or risks associated with a COVID infection, some do & the greater risk is associated with their ability to spread the virus to the immunocompromised & at-risk. Many schools are beginning to require vaccinations & most every state is experiencing a surge in COVID positivity, made even more dangerous by the arrival of the highly transmissible “delta” variant. ‘

As such, many physicians are now encouraging parents to vaccinate their children as quickly as possible. “I spent the pandemic taking care of kids in a children’s hospital,” says Adam Ratner, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at New York University. “We saw not as many as in the adult side, but plenty of children who were quite ill.”

Receiving the exact same dosage as adults, children are considered “fully vaccinated” after receiving their second shot 21 days after the first. After that, our kids can finally get back to doing the things they couldn’t previously during the pandemic. “The vaccine gives them a ticket to doing a lot of things they weren’t doing before, like hanging out indoors with friends without masks,” says infectious-disease expert Sean O’Leary. The vaccine provides children, their families & communities with a return route to normalcy.

For more information about vaccinating your children, please consult with your pediatrician.

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