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 and related statistics, the effectiveness of precautions taken by airlines, and more.
Blood Clot Risk Higher with Disease than with Vaccination
Use of the J & J vaccine in the U.S. has been paused while the CDC and FDA evaluate reports of blood clots in 6 vaccine recipients.
A recent study in the U.K. showed that “there is a much higher risk of brain blood clots from COVID-19 infection than there is from vaccines against the disease.”
PPP will resume giving the J & J vaccine when advised by the CDC and FDA. We encourage all our patients 16 and older, and their parents, to get whatever vaccine is available to them.
Moderna Vaccine Shows Good Immunity at 6 Months
Moderna recently reported that its COVID-19 vaccine still showed strong protection against the illness six months after people received their second shot, with efficacy of more than 90 percent against all cases of COVID-19 and more than 95 percent against severe COVID-19.
Breakthrough Cases of COVID-19 After Vaccination are Rare
The CDC recently reported that about 5,800 people who have been vaccinated against coronavirus have become infected anyway.
“Breakthrough infections have occurred in about 0.008% of the people who’ve had their COVID-19 shot(s) and allowed them two full weeks to take effect.
The risk of a breakthrough infection might not be equal among everyone who’s been vaccinated. The CDC said about 40% of the breakthrough infections reported had been discovered in people over 60, a demographic in which vaccines are often less effective.
‘People who have been fully vaccinated should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and washing their hands often,’ the CDC said.”
More than Half of U.S. Adults Have Been Vaccinated
The CDC reports that nearly 130 million adults 18 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. That is over 50% of the adult population in the country.
Infants Won’t get COVID from Mom’s Breastmilk
A new study offers more reassurance that mothers infected with COVID-19 can safely breastfeed their babies.
The CDC indicates that infected mothers can continue breastfeeding while wearing a mask and practicing good hand hygiene.
Up to 10% of Young Adults can be Infected a Second Time
UPI reports on a recent study showing that “COVID-19 infection does not completely protect young adults from getting the virus again.”
“About 10% of 18- to 20-year-olds included in the analysis developed a case of the virus despite being infected earlier in the pandemic.
The findings suggest that, despite previous infection and the presence of antibodies against the virus in the blood, vaccination still is necessary to boost immune response, prevent new infection and reduce virus transmission, the researchers said.”
PPP recommends that all eligible young adults be vaccinated, regardless of whether they previously tested positive for COVID-19.
Most Young Americans are Eager to get Vaccinated
An October poll “found that 76% of the teen and young adult respondents said they were willing to get vaccinated, but that included 33% who said their final decision depended on additional information.”
“An analysis of a repeat survey in late March 2021 found that the percentage of those who had been vaccinated or were willing to get vaccinated rose to 84%.”
Staying Safe at the Pool
CNN offers advice on keeping kids safe when visiting the pool this Summer.
Children and adults should wear masks, though not in the water, maintain social distance when possible and follow good hand hygiene when eating or drinking.
Keeping Middle Seats on Planes Empty Lowers Infection Risk
Keeping middle seats empty on airplanes could sharply reduce passenger exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19, according to study results released recently by the CDC.
“The CDC found that aerosol exposures were reduced by 23% to 57% when middle seats were vacant compared to full flights.
But most major U.S. airlines aren’t restricting access to those seats. And the last major holdout, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, earlier announced it will open up middle seats on flights starting May 1.”
President Obama and Basketball Stars Talk About the COVID-19 Vaccine
Watch as former President Barack Obama discusses the COVID-19 vaccine with Hall of Fame NBA players Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, in this tweet from @attn.
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.
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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.