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Posted on December 7, 2021 at 11:28 AM by Kari Bray
Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush their teeth. The grandparents who make it to the soccer game when it’s cold and wet outside, because the kids love the sport and it keeps them active.
We do a lot to keep our kids healthy.
And the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as five is a game-changer for keeping them healthy right now.
Some parents eagerly awaited a vaccine for kids. Others are hesitant or opposed to vaccinating their children. One thing we’re on the same page about: The health and safety of our kids is what matters. We’re confident that vegetables, toothbrushing and physical activity are good, important things. But can we be confident in this vaccine?
There are a lot of reasons to answer “yes.” Before going over some of them, it’s important to stress that specific questions really should be talked over with a professional medical provider. If your child has a pediatrician, that’s your best resource. We trust doctors when our children have ear infections, high fevers, broken bones or myriad other health concerns. We should trust them to answer questions about vaccination, too.
Here are a few things to consider:
Because vaccine doses are only recently available for children, there has been a surge in demand. It may take time to get an appointment. That can be frustrating, but please stick with it and book your child’s spot when you are able. You can find COVID vaccine information at www.snohd.org/covidvaccine and vaccinatewa.org/kids.
As the end of the year approaches, it’s also a good time to make sure your children are up to date on other routine vaccinations. These include immunizations that protect against polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis, pertussis (whooping cough), and more. Many diseases are prevented by vaccinations that are free for children. If you are concerned about an administration or office visit fee, there are options to reduce or waive that cost so money is not a barrier to keeping your kids healthy. Contact your child’s healthcare provider with questions, or find immunization resources at www.snohd.org/immunizations.
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