As parents, we all want to do what is best for our children. Vaccines are one of the most important tools we have to protect our children from serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, has been a strong advocate for vaccines and has urged parents to vaccinate their children. In this article, we will discuss seven reasons why Dr. Fauci believes it is important to vaccinate your child. We will also provide tips on how to make sure your child is getting the best protection possible. By understanding the importance of vaccines and following Dr. Fauci’s advice, you can help ensure your child’s health and safety.
7 Reasons You’ve Got to Vaccine Your Kid, Says Dr. Fauci
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, has been a vocal advocate for vaccinating children against preventable diseases. Here are seven reasons why you should listen to him and get your kids vaccinated.
1. Vaccines are Safe and Effective
Vaccines are one of the most effective and safest ways to protect your child from serious illnesses. Vaccines are rigorously tested and monitored for safety and efficacy before they are approved for use. Vaccines are also regularly reviewed for safety and effectiveness.
2. Vaccines Help Protect the Community
Vaccines not only protect your child, but they also help protect the community. When enough people in a community are vaccinated, it helps to prevent the spread of disease. This is known as “herd immunity” and it helps to protect those who are unable to be vaccinated, such as infants and those with weakened immune systems.
3. Vaccines Help Prevent Serious Illnesses
Vaccines help to prevent serious illnesses such as measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and whooping cough. These illnesses can cause serious complications, including death. Vaccines are the best way to protect your child from these illnesses.
4. Vaccines are Cost-Effective
Vaccines are a cost-effective way to protect your child from serious illnesses. Vaccines are much less expensive than treating a child for a preventable illness. Vaccines also help to reduce the cost of health care by preventing the spread of disease.
5. Vaccines are Convenient
Vaccines are easy to get and can be administered in a doctor’s office or clinic. Vaccines are also available at many pharmacies and some schools. This makes it easy to get your child vaccinated.
6. Vaccines are Recommended by Doctors
Vaccines are recommended by doctors and other health care providers. Vaccines are an important part of preventive health care and are recommended for all children. Vaccines are also recommended for adults to help protect them from serious illnesses.
7. Vaccines are the Law
In many states, vaccines are required by law for children to attend school. Vaccines are also required for certain activities, such as travel. Vaccines are an important part of keeping your child safe and healthy.
The coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer for children 5 to 11 years old was approved by the CDC yesterday, and a full launch is scheduled for next week; in fact, appointments are available now at some pediatricians’ offices and pharmacies. (By Friday latest, you can schedule these at vaccines.gov, say authorities.) If you’re on the fence about vaccinating your child, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listed 7 reasons why it’s essential to keep your children safe. Read on for all 7—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
“Let’s take a look at the cumulative burden of all children,” said Dr. Fauci. “Those less than 18 years old, over 5 million cases, over 65,000 hospitalization. And as the total group, over 5,000 multi-system inflammatory syndrome with total deaths now approaching 800 individuals. Let’s take a look specifically at the group on the discussion today of the five to 11 year olds” 1.9 million cases reported more than 8,000 hospitalizations, one third of which resulted in a requirement for an ICU admission among that younger group, more than 2,000 multi-system inflammatory syndrome. And in the total cohort, at least 94 COVID associated deaths.”
“Let’s take a look at the underlying medical conditions among children of that age group, who are hospitalized,” said Dr. Fauci. “It’s dominated by chronic lung disease, obesity and neurological disorders, but there are a number of other disorders, many of which we see frequently in children, particularly children of a certain age that make it very, very likely that an individual, if they do become hospitalized, will have one of these underlying conditions.”
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“What about the post COVID conditions? I’ve already mentioned the multi-system inflammatory syndrome, but there’s also ongoing or residual symptoms and complications reported in children referred to as long COVID, which occurs in children, maybe to a lesser extent, about four to 6%, but nonetheless long COVID does occur in children.” He mentioned these symptoms:
- Respiratory symptoms
- Cardiac involvement
- Anosmia and/or ageusia (changes to smell and taste)
- Neurodevelopmental impairment
- Cognitive fogginess or fatigue
- Physical fatigue/poor endurance
- Mental health/behavioral health sequelae
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“Now at the incident rate, children and adults are equally vulnerable to coronavirus infection. There was some consideration earlier on that that was not the case. That may be because children are less likely to become sick.” And then a JAMA report “was shown that 50% of children, five to 11 years, all without symptoms. So we should not underestimate the incidence in children.”
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“What about transmission—transmission, secondary children transmission. It does occur both in the household, in the school settings and vaccination, we hope will decrease this transmission.”
“What about the efficacy? In individuals 12 to 15 years old, a study just a few months ago shows that in adolescents of those age, the vaccine efficacy is extremely high, approaching 100%. When you look at children within the age group, under the discussion today, five 11 year old, about 91% efficacy during a period of time when Delta was the prevalent strain.”
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“I’ve shown you disease burden incidents, transmission, and the efficacy of the vaccine, every reason in the world to get our children vaccinated.” So get vaccinated, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.