Ask the Expert: Pediatrician encourages vaccines for children

dr. Colleen Kraft, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, encourages children to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Kraft pointed out that the vaccine has already been used in children ages 12 to 18, and now, for children ages 5 to 11, injections at a third of the standard dose have been shown to be effective.

“The vaccine works just as well at that much smaller dose,” Kraft said.

The most common side effects are a sore arm, fatigue and a low temperature, but usually only on the second dose, not the first, Kraft said.

If a child has a severe allergic reaction to a vaccine, including difficulty breathing or a rash, parents should consult their child’s doctor. Only children with allergic reactions should consider not getting the vaccine, Kraft added.

“The only way we can get through this is to get enough people vaccinated so that we develop the herd immunity and we get rid of this virus and what it can do to pass from one child to another or one child to a parent. transfer,” Kraft said.

Close modal

Suggest a correction

Comments are closed.