US Surgeon General, American Academy of Pediatrics discuss vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) — On Thursday, the US Surgeon General and other notable health experts discussed the benefits of vaccinating children against COVID-19 and strategies for parents to help children through the process.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. According to the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Lee Ann Savio Beers, 100,000 children have been diagnosed with COVID-19 for the 14th week in a row.

Beers and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said this is a milestone in the fight against COVID-19.

“This vaccine is specially tailored for children. The dose is lower, it’s about a third of the dose adults get, but it has also undergone a clinical trial especially for 5 to 11 year olds. Went through a careful, rigorous review process,” said Murthy. “The clinical trials have shown promising results. The vaccines were found to be 90 percent effective in preventing our children from developing symptomatic COVID disease. And while side effects were seen in the studies, they included aches, pains, swelling of the arm. Tiredness, headache and occasional fever But these symptoms disappeared within a day or two.”

Murthy’s office just released a community toolkit that contains a lot of information, including how to talk to family and friends about misinformation. It may love surgeongeneral.gov.

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