Pediatrician urges families to celebrate holidays safely as Omicron variant spreads quickly

December 23, 2021 17:58

Posted: December 23, 2021 17:58

JANESVILLE, Wis. – A Rock County pediatrician said it’s not too late to take steps to ensure families get together safely for the holidays.

SSM Health Dr. Dan Beardmore said people who have been vaccinated and who are coming together with those who have also received a COVID-19 shot shouldn’t have much to worry about.

However, with the Omicron variant spreading rapidly, he said those who have not yet been vaccinated should reduce the size of their gatherings. He also suggests wearing masks or moving holiday events, as even younger children can become seriously ill from the virus.

“Let’s say it’s only 1%, that’s one in 100. Well, it’s going to be easy to run through a big school of a few hundred kids and, yes, that can make a few kids pretty sick, and if we can prevent all (cases), we should,” he said.

Beardmore also urged those who had not yet vaccinated their children to do so, and adding children ages 5 to 11 have shown the most tolerance to the vaccines.

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