As a parent, you want to do what’s best for your child. One of the many ways we keep our children safe is through routine immunizations. The fact is, the less we vaccinate, the better chance a virus has of transmission and mutating into new, stronger variants.

Immunizations can save lives by protecting us from serious illnesses and diseases. However, some parents still have vaccine hesitancy. It’s normal to have questions about vaccines for your child, especially newer ones, like those available for coronavirus. Many of us experienced uncomfortable side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine and it’s understandable that parents have concerns about their children’s possible reactions to it.

“Flu season typically occurs between October and May of each year, and it is recommended that children get their flu shot by at least the end of October. The COVID vaccine and the flu vaccine can be given at the same time. As a matter of fact, all vaccines can be given at the same time as the COVID vaccine.

Dr. Komin discusses getting both the flu and COVID vaccines in the latest Right Way 2 Care segment. Click here to watch.

Maria J. Komin, MD

Primary Care, Family Medicine, Trinity Niagara Family Medicine

Addressing Common Hesitancy Concerns

While many children affected with the virus had mild symptoms, a large population of children were still hospitalized with coronavirus. In fact, the CDC lists it as one of the top 10 causes of death in children ages 5-11.

Vaccines are thoroughly studied and reviewed by scientists and medical professionals, ensuring that they are safe for children. Thousands of children have already been vaccinated and have experienced the same mild side effects as they would any other vaccine. Common side effects include:

  • Pain or soreness around injection site
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our lives and kept many children home from school and away from extracurricular activities. Immunization against COVID-19 not only allows your child to return to school and their favorite group activity, but it offers extra protection should they be exposed to someone who is sick. 

Studies on the impact COVID-19 has on our health show evidence of increased risks of stroke, heart disease, and negative effects on brain function. The best way to prevent children from developing these conditions, or suffering from long COVID, is to get them vaccinated.

Public Health Depends on Vaccinations

People who are unable to get the vaccine, such as the immunocompromised, depend on others who can get the vaccine to keep them safe. Thanks to vaccines, cases of infectious diseases such as the measles or polio are very rare.

While no vaccine has a guaranteed 100% effectiveness rate, they are still crucial in protecting the public from transmitting viruses to others. The only way to keep infection rates low is through vaccination. We encourage all our patients to speak with their doctor to determine the best immunization plans for themselves and their family.

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