COVID-19 illness still threatens the health of adults and children. So, all family members need the protective benefits of vaccinations and boosters. Let’s talk about why this readily available preventive care is important, when your child should receive it, and where you can go in to get vaccinated for this deadly condition. Your pediatrician in The Woodlands and Spring, TX, want you fully informed and assured that your child is as safe as possible.
Why Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (APA) reports that over five million kids have tested positive for COVID-19 illness since the start of 2022. Some of the very youngest have died, while others have developed multi-system inflammatory syndrome after their active COVID infections.
So, one of the best protective measures health care providers have available is the COVID-19 vaccination. It dramatically lessens the chances of illness and its life-threatening and potentially life-long complications.
Additionally, when more of the population receives this special medicine, more of the weak and infirm who cannot get vaccinated are protected. This health care concept is called herd immunity; herd immunity protects the community at large when most of its members are vaccinated.
Finally, your child should receive vaccines because many schools, childcare centers, sports, clubs, and other organizations require them to participate in their programs. The vaccines are authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); so parents, caregivers, school administrators, and health care providers can be assured of the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 shots.
When a Child Should Be Vaccinated?
Moderna’s vaccines consist of two shots spaced one month apart. There are three Pfizer shots, each given at one-month intervals. Both kinds give doses that are proportionately smaller than adult COVID vaccines.
Your child can receive his or her injections beginning at six months of age. Booster shots are now available for kids five years old and up.
Other Precautions Families Should Take
Of course, vaccines are no magic bullet. They must be supported with good at-home health practices to lessen the risk of infection and serious COVID-19 illness and complications. These practices include:
- Frequent handwashing
- Good ventilation in the home
- Adequate nutrition, sleep, and hydration
- Taking rapid COVID tests before going to large events
- Masking in indoor crowds
- Staying home from school and other activities when sick
- Getting adults in the household fully vaccinated and boosted
- Avoiding air travel and taking summer road trips instead
Excellent Healthcare from Your Friends at Northwoods Pediatric Center
In Spring and The Woodlands, TX, our staff of five board-certified pediatricians and their support personnel take children’s growth, development, and overall health to heart. So, let them help you protect your children against COVID-19 illness and other childhood diseases and conditions.
Call us today at (281) 296-7770 for any questions you may have about child’s vaccines or our vaccination policy. Alternatively, request a consultation online at one of our two convenient locations.