This Pediatrician’s Kids Got The Vaccine, And She Says Yours Should Too – COVID-19 Update For May 21
Listen to the interview here
Earlier this month, 127 children ages 12 to 17 in the United States had died from COVID-19. The number may pale in comparison to the more than half a million adults who have died to date, but because childhood deaths are so rare, the total is still high enough to rank COVID-19 among the leading causes of death under that age . group.
However, death isn’t the only negative COVID result in young people: More than 3,700 children and teens have been diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a mysterious but serious inflammatory disease that can send children to hospital weeks after they appear to have recovered from the COVID infection.
For these and many other reasons, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that all children receive the COVID vaccine as soon as they become eligible – including adolescents 12 and older, who are now eligible for a week.
This week’s COVID update explores the implications of the COVID vaccine for children, including the effectiveness, side effects and risks of non-vaccination, with Dr. Anne VanGarsse, a pediatrician and Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at California Health Sciences University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Clovis.
In the meantime, here’s a snapshot for Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare Counties (note that some numbers may have changed between the interview and the publication):
From May 20:
Effective 1 week earlier, May 13:
From 4 weeks earlier, April 22:
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