Kanas City pediatricians excited for children COVID-19 vaccine

In a week, Pfizer will present new vaccine data to the US Food and Drug Administration. They plan to seek authorization for the emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. , to discuss and review data from 5 to 11 year olds.” Not many people would call that exciting. Not many people have lived on the front lines of the pandemic like the doctors at Children’s Mercy. The Pfizer vaccine for children is one third of the adult dosage, 10 ml. It is packaged in a different bottle with different colors to distinguish it from its bigger and stronger counterpart. After months of vaccinating adults and teens, doctors are pretty confident that last winter’s steep learning curve is over. Many places have cold storage facilities, and new research shows that the vaccines don’t need to be kept cold for as long as originally thought. The schedule will be much more standardized, especially as the government expects doses for all 28 million American children between the ages of 5 and 11. We’re going to distribute it to solve those problems,” said Dr. Natasha Burgert, a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates with offices in Missouri and Kansas. “Pediatricians are experts at administering vaccines,” she said, “that’s what we do.” Dr. Burgert urges parents with questions about the vaccine to call their pediatrician now, before the vaccine is available. Burgert says the most common question she gets in her office these days is, “When will you have the vaccine available? She also said she is confident that almost none of her patients will have a medical reason not to get the vaccine. For 19 months, children have been protected from COVID-19 only through social distancing and masks. add another, stronger level “The last reason it’s so important to get kids vaccinated is because it protects grandma and grandpa,” explains Dr. Angela Myers of Children’s Mercy Hospital. You are less likely to get infected, and we know about other illnesses – especially the flu – that if you give the smallest people in the house a vaccine, grandma and grandpa will be very well protected.” . Myers also addressed the idea that if a child has had COVID-19, he or she has natural immunity and does not need to be vaccinated. She strongly recommends that everyone get the vaccine as it has been proven to work against the variants. Getting COVID-19 and building a natural immunity will not protect you from future recurrences of the virus. “So we know that getting vaccinated after you have the disease boosts your immune response and boosts your broad immunity,” said Dr. myers. “So that your immunity is such that it is better against variant than with the vaccine. Because we don’t know what will happen in the future, we also don’t know what will happen to variants.”

In a week, Pfizer will present new vaccine data to the US Food and Drug Administration. They plan to seek authorization for the emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11.

“The FDA will meet on October 26,” said Dr. Angela Myers of Children’s Mercy Hospital, “and so this is exciting to discuss and review the data for 5 to 11 year olds.”

Not many people would call that exciting. Not many people have lived on the front lines of the pandemic like the doctors at Children’s Mercy.

The Pfizer vaccine for children is one third of the adult dosage, 10 ml. It is packaged in a different bottle with different colors to distinguish it from its bigger and stronger counterpart.

After months of vaccinating adults and teens, doctors are pretty confident that last winter’s steep learning curve is over. Many places have cold storage facilities, and new research shows that the vaccines don’t need to be kept cold for as long as originally thought.

The schedule will be much more standardized, especially as the government expects doses for all 28 million American children between the ages of 5 and 11.

“There are a number of different things about this vaccine that those of us will need to distribute to work out those kinks,” said Dr. Natasha Burgert, a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates with offices in Missouri and Kansas. “Pediatricians are experts at administering vaccines,” she said, “that’s what we do.”

dr. Burgert urges parents with questions about the vaccine to call their pediatrician now, before the vaccine is available. Burgert says the most common question she gets in her office these days is, “When will you have the vaccine available?” She also said she is confident that almost none of her patients will have a medical reason for not getting the vaccine.

For 19 months, children have only been protected from COVID-19 through social distancing and masks. This vaccine will finally add another, stronger level of protection.

“The last reason it’s so important to get kids vaccinated is because it protects grandma and grandpa,” explains Dr. Angela Myers of Children’s Mercy Hospital. other diseases – especially the flu – that if you give the smallest people in the house a vaccine, grandma and grandpa are very well protected.”

dr. Myers also addressed the idea that if a child has had COVID-19, he or she has natural immunity and does not need to be vaccinated. She strongly recommends that everyone get the vaccine as it has been proven to work against the variants. Getting COVID-19 and building a natural immunity will not protect you from future recurrences of the virus.

“So we know that getting vaccinated after you have the disease boosts your immune response and boosts your broad immunity,” said Dr. myers. “So that your immunity is such that it is better against variant than with the vaccine. Because we don’t know what will happen in the future, we also don’t know what will happen to variants.”

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