We’re all going to come into contact with this virus, and I want to make sure that our young people have the protection they need, so that when they encounter it, they don’t get very sick.Susanne E. Tanski, MD, MPH
Nineteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and nearly a year after the rollout of the first COVID-19 vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved a version of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use in children between the ages of 5 and 11, stating it is nearly 91 percent effective in preventing COVID-19. This is a major public health win and an important step in working toward finally ending the pandemic for good. However, many parents have concerns about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine for their kids, and misinformation about the virus and vaccines unfortunately persist online.
To address many of the common questions about pediatric vaccines, Susanne E. Tanski, MD, MPH, Section Chief of General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), joined the infectious disease professionals who host Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s (D-H) “The Cure Podcast” in a recent episode. Tanski discussed a number of related topics, including the research that went into the Pfizer vaccine for young children, how to weigh the risks and benefits of getting your child vaccinated, the impact of the pandemic on kids’ growth and development, and why parents should get their kids vaccinated as soon as possible.
Listen to episode 14 of “The Cure Podcast” HERE
“We’re all going to come into contact with this virus, and I want to make sure that our young people have the protection they need, so that when they encounter it, they don’t get very sick,” Tanski said. “This is armor; this is protection. Indeed, lots of kids don’t get hospitalized, but we want to give our kids protection, and a vaccine is another layer of protection to make sure they don’t get very sick.”
For more information from CHaD on COVID-19 vaccines for young children, click here.
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DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK HEALTH (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across Northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 2,400 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named in 2019 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 13 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health also includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; affiliated member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.
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