The most important takeaways:
Children can develop severe illness in COVID-19. This is not the case with the initial theory.
Children between the ages of 0-17 represent more than a quarter of COVID-19-related cases in the U.S., highlighting the urgency of vaccination.
The COVID-19 vaccinations are both safe and reliable and are suitable for all children, ages 5 to 11 years old.
Recently in the past, the FDA as well as the CDC approved and recommended the use of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer for children between the ages of 5 and 11. It’s available to children between the ages of 12-17 and adults aged 18+ as well, and today more than 28 million children across the U.S. can receive the vaccine.
Parents of children younger than their age are eagerly anticipating this important milestone, as the COVID-19 vaccination can prevent children from getting the virus or spreading it and help them return to the activities that make children, youngsters.
But, the choice to give your child a vaccine is a choice that is entirely personal and it is understandable that many parents are unsure. We’re here to dispel myths about vaccination and give you the facts. Here are some facts you need to learn about COVID-19 the vaccine for children and teens.
The first thing to remember is that COVID-19 is safe, and reliable.
The COVID-19 vaccines are completely safe and efficient in preventing COVID-19 from children and adults. At present, 11.5 million children ages 12-17 have been vaccinated with the vaccine. It’s recommended that all children ages 5 and above be vaccinated as early as is possible. Most side effects are moderate and outweigh any risks that come with COVID-19.
Children can contract COVID-19, and develop severe illness
In the beginning of the outbreak the idea was that children may not be more affected by COVID-19 as compared to adults. However, researchers as well as health professionals have realized that children are susceptible to COVID-19and could be seriously ill and suffer long-lasting symptoms and be admitted to hospitals or end up dying.
Children may transmit the virus to other children.
As adults, children are able to transmit COVID-19 to others even other children. Even if children show mild (or not) symptoms and don’t get sick, they could transmit the virus to other people who could become extremely sick or develop complications due to the virus.
The rates of childhood COVID-19 infections have risen
Recent research has shown that children aged 0-17 comprise almost a quarter of all instances of COVID-19 in the U.S. In addition, as the more transmissible Delta variant developed during the summer months and into the fall, rates of infection among children were up five times during the time period of the months of June and the beginning of July. The tragic thing is that COVID-19 has been ranked as one of the 10 most common causes of death among children.
Children want to be children
It has proved very hard for our kids. Children have lived with anxiety and fear, as well as having to give up the things that make them their own. When your child has been fully vaccine-free, they will be able to start taking back the things they enjoy. Visit your local health department for information.
Trina Jellison, Providence’s group vice president of Women and Children’s Services, adds, “I am so grateful for the meticulous research that went into the creation of the vaccine so that our children can receive a safe, efficient vaccine that will allow them to reunite and to be children again.”
Safety precautions for children younger than 5
We’re still not there however, research into vaccines is continuing for children from between the ages of six months and the age of four. We’ll know more in the next few months. Stay tuned in the near future for updates. For now, here’s the steps you can take to ensure that your family members are not vaccinated.
Who can help me with my COVID-19 vaccine questions?
Your pediatrician or another trusted health professional can answer your questions regarding COVID-19, the vaccines and the importance of vaccinating your child. They can also help to determine where you can get vaccines in your local area. You can learn more about them here.
Bottom summary: The vaccine COVID-19 offers many advantages
The vaccination of children against COVID-19 is beneficial for many reasons. First, it’s the most effective way to safeguard the children and their families from. It also provides parents and families security when the disease continues to spread and reduces interruptions to education and children’s activities. Keep abreast of the CDC’s guidelines for masking and ways to protect yourself as much as possible against the current strains.