Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,
We continually strive to provide you with the most up to date information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on for the latest vaccine updates, related studies from reliable sources, and more.
More Evidence of Vaccine Effectiveness
The CDC recently reported the results of a large study of “vaccine effectiveness study among Health Care Personnel found a single dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to be 82% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 and 2 doses to be 94% effective.”
Screen Time may have Doubled for Young Children During the Pandemic
HealthDay reports on a study of Kindergarteners where “researchers found that their use of television, video, movies, short clips, and apps or games on any electronic device topped six hours a day in May and June of 2020.”
“That was nearly double previous levels of screen use reported in earlier studies.”
As your family’s life continues to move towards normal, begin to reintroduce limits on your children’s screen time, working to balance screen time and active time playing outside.
Children Often do not Show Typical COVID Symptoms
Fox News reports on a study that looked at the symptoms of children under 18 who tested positive for COVID-19.
80% of the children did not develop fever and nearly 75% did not have respiratory symptoms like cough or shortness of breath.
Myths and Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines
The CDC responds to common myths about the vaccines:
Questions addressed include:
- Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?
- Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
- Can someone else who received a COVID-19 vaccine shed any of the vaccine components and affect my menstrual cycle?
Five Simple Facts that May Change the Minds of Vaccine Skeptics
RealClearScience reports on a focus group of vaccine skeptics.
They identified five facts that may be most influential in convincing skeptics to be vaccinated:
- If you get infected with the virus it will go all over your body and stay there for at least a week and be much more likely to cause you long-term problems than the vaccine.
- If you get the vaccine, it will prime your immune system, then the vaccine is gone. It will not be with you anymore.
- More than 95% of the doctors who have been offered this vaccine have gotten it as soon as they can.
- The more we vaccinate, the faster we can get back to growing our economy and getting jobs.
- If people get vaccinated, we’re going to save at least a hundred thousand lives of Americans who would otherwise be killed by COVID.
Delaying the Second Dose of Vaccine May Improve Immune Response
The Guardian reports on a study in England which “found that antibodies against the virus were three-and-a-half times higher in those who had the second shot after 12 weeks compared with those who had it after a three-week interval.”
The second dose of vaccine is typically scheduled for three (Pfizer) or four (Moderna) weeks after the first dose. The second dose should be given on time, but the CDC says that “if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval, the second dose may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. If the second dose is administered beyond these intervals, there is no need to restart the series.”
How to Sell the Coronavirus Vaccines
The Washington Post reports on efforts by the Ad Council to encourage vaccination.
These are two of their videos:
We encourage everyone to continue to use good hand hygiene and practice social distancing as much as possible. Please contact our office with any further questions or concerns.
Peachtree Park Pediatrics
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Peachtree Park Pediatrics strives to deliver up-to-date primary care to our infant, child, and young adult patients in a welcoming and family-friendly environment. The practice has deep roots in the Atlanta community, and it is our continued honor to be entrusted with the health care of our next generation.