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, including FDA authorization for vaccinating children ages 5-11, the effectiveness of booster doses, how mRNA vaccines were developed, and more.
Vaccine for Children 5-11
An FDA advisory committee “has voted 17-0 to authorize use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11.”
Assuming the approval process proceeds as anticipated and the state delivers vaccine to medical offices as scheduled, we will be able to begin immunizing children 5-11 in early November.
Please keep an eye out for notices from PPP about scheduling COVID vaccine clinic appointments.
Pfizer Vaccine Highly Protective in Those 12-18
“The Pfizer vaccine was 93% effective in preventing hospitalizations among those aged 12 to 18, according to an analysis released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”.
“The study was conducted between June and September, when the extremely contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus was predominant.
Yet, the data from 19 pediatric hospitals showed that among the 179 patients who were hospitalized for COVID-19, 97% were unvaccinated, providing reassurance of the vaccine’s efficacy.
Of the roughly 16% of patients hospitalized with severe enough COVID-19 to require life support, none were vaccinated.”
Booster Dose Restores Levels of Immunity
Pfizer reports that “a booster shot of their COVID-19 vaccine restored full protection in a large study.”
“A booster was 95.6% effective against symptomatic Covid in the study, which followed 10,000 people aged 16 and older. The fast-spreading delta variant was the predominate strain during the trial.”
Unvaccinated 11 Times More Likely to Die from COVID
“Unvaccinated people have an 11 times higher risk of dying from COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people, according to new data” from the CDC.
“In addition, the data show that unvaccinated people have a six times higher chance of testing positive for COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people do.”
FDA Delays Decision on Moderna Vaccine for Teens
The FDA is “is delaying its decision on authorizing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents to check if the shot could increase the risk of a rare inflammatory heart condition.”
The FDA “has been inspecting the risk of the condition, myocarditis, among younger men vaccinated with Moderna’s shot, especially versus Pfizer’s vaccine, after certain Nordic countries limited use of the shot.”
Exposure to Nature Helped Kids During Lockdown
A recent British study showed that “children who spent more time in nature during pandemic lockdowns suffered fewer behavioral and emotional problems.”
“We know that access to and engagement with nature is associated with wide-ranging benefits in children and adults, including lowering levels of anxiety and depression, and reducing stress,” said the study’s author.
mRNA Vaccines Do Not Impact Fertility
“COVID-19 vaccination did not impair fertility, early pregnancy outcomes or sperm quality, according to findings from three studies.”
In a study looking at women undergoing in vitro fertilization, “pregnancy rates were comparable between the groups: 74.6% among vaccinated individuals and 74.7% among unvaccinated individuals.
The researchers observed no significant differences in pregnancy loss rates (20.3% vs. 22.4%) between vaccinated vs. unvaccinated participants.”
A separate study looking at male fertility with vaccination showed that “sperm concentration and total motile sperm count did not significantly decline following COVID-19 vaccination.”
Vaccine Development and Safety
This animated video from the AAP reviews mRNA vaccine development and safety for adults and children.
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.