FDA soon expected to give ’emergency use authorization’ for teens as young as 12, pediatrician weighs in
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve Pfizer’s request to amend its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Currently, the vaccine is available for people 16 and older. But next week it may also concern children from the age of 12.
Pediatrician, Dr. Amy Seery from Ascension Via Christi says this is huge news. While teens are known to have lower risks, she says these vaccines can have a major impact. “This particular age group makes a significant contribution as a super-spreader,” said Dr. Seery. “Although those who are at low risk and may not even have symptoms, when they have an infection, can very easily help transmit the infection to multiple people in our community.”
To protect others, it is one of the main reasons Andrea Brant is ready to have her 14-year-old son vaccinated. “We have some older people, my mom, my husband’s parents, and it’s important for us to protect them,” Brant said. “So we can have them for as long as possible, so we can see them whenever we want.”
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Other parents are not so sure if they should give the vaccine to children. “If they want to approve it for that age, that’s fine – it doesn’t mean I would give it to my kids,” said Michael Khoury. The father of three is waiting for more information: “As with any form of medical treatment, where are the risks? What are the advantages? And the problem is, I don’t know if we know that answer. “
Dr. Seery says it’s understandable to be cautious about vaccinations, but wants to reassure people it’s safe. For those questioning the emergency use authorization, she says she considers it a driver’s learning permit. “You ticked all the boxes that you are a good, safe, effective driver, that you can follow the rules, etc. – emergency authorizations are the same for vaccines,” said Dr. Seery. “We have pretty good safety data, efficacy data, we know this will get formal authorization.”
Although young teens have a lower risk, Dr. Seery says this is not true for everyone: “We still see people with serious infections getting these symptoms from long haul flights, and we have many children in this age group who are also debilitated. immune system and underlying health problems. “
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Dr. Seery says there is no evidence that the vaccine causes infertility problems. Her best advice for all parents is to talk to their doctor about whether the vaccine is best for their family.
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