Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,
Dear 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, the pandemic’s effect on children’s mental health, and more.
Vaccine for Children 5-11 Years Old
“An FDA advisory committee is scheduled to meet October 26th to discuss…and an estimated 28 million children in the United States would be eligible for the shots if regulators give the green light — a process expected to take several weeks.
The company expects to have top-line immunity and safety data for children 2 to 4 years old this fall and shortly thereafter, results for children 6 months to 2 years old. It is anticipated shots for the youngest children will become available in 2022.”
Pfizer also reports that the “COVID-19 vaccines awaiting authorization for children ages 5-11 years will have different doses, dilution requirements and storage conditions than the vaccines currently available for adolescents and adults.”
PPP will not be able to give the COVID vaccine to children 5-11 until we receive a shipment of the approved vaccine from the state. Unfortunately, current information indicates that we will not be able to use the 12+ vaccine that we already have in stock, so there may be a delay between approval for younger children and when we have it available in the office. We will let parents know by e-mail, the practice website and this weekly update as soon as we are able to schedule vaccine appointments for children under 12. WSB-TV profiled a 6 year-old from Roswell who participated in the Moderna vaccine trials.
Children’s Mental Health During the Pandemic
“Even in normal times, getting regular exercise and spending less time on screens can be good for kids. So it should come as no surprise that researchers discovered that kids who exercised more and used technology less during the pandemic had better mental health outcomes.” See – HealthDay: As Kids Turned to Screens During Pandemic, Their Mental Health Suffered
The study showed that “kids who were more exposed to pandemic-related stressors engaged in less physical activity and logged more screen time. More importantly, the study found that better health behaviors were associated with better mental health.
With physical activity, some of its benefits are physiological. But for kids, exercise also often includes a social aspect — they’re playing with others, whether it’s at recess, on the playground or in organized sports.
The impact of screen time could be found in what it replaces. If kids and teens are spending excessive amounts of time in front of a screen, they may not be engaging in other healthy activities, including exercising, sleeping or spending time with others, all of which promote mental health.”
Another study found that “the COVID-19 pandemic led to a surge in anxiety and major depressive disorders across the world, particularly among women and young people.”
The study found that depression increased 28% during the pandemic and anxiety by 26%.
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.