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 more on the estimated cost of not being vaccinated, updates on booster shots, an important update on the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin, and more.
The Cost of Not Being Vaccinated
A recent study estimates that the U.S. spent $2.3 Billion over a two-month period caring for unvaccinated individuals with COVID-19.
This wasteful spending could easily be avoided if everyone eligible received the vaccines which have been demonstrated to be safe and effective.
Few Pregnant Women Getting the Vaccine
Recent data from the CDC shows that ¾ of pregnant women have not received any doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This is disappointing as the vaccine has been shown to be safe and protective for pregnant women and their unborn babies. PPP joins the CDC, AAP and ACOG in recommending vaccination for everyone who is pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future.
Myocarditis More Common After Infection Than Vaccination
WebMD reports that “myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, appears to be more common after a COVID-19 infection than after vaccination, according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.”
The study from Israel showed that “Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is linked to an increased risk of myocarditis, with about one to five cases per 100,000 people. But COVID-19 infection was linked to an increased risk of 11 cases per 100,000 people.”
This study adds to the overwhelming evidence that the benefits of the vaccine in preventing severe illness far outweigh any risks.
Emory Study Looks at Immunity After Infection
A recent study done at Emory showed that “recovered COVID-19 patients retain broad and effective longer-term immunity to the disease.”
The study followed 250 patients with mild to moderate symptoms over 8 months and “found that their immune response to the virus remained durable and strong.”
Receiving the vaccine further boosts the immune response in people who have had the illness.
What is the Timing of Booster Shots?
Reuters reports that approval of booster doses for the 3 COVID-19 vaccines used in the U.S. is expected in September.
According to U.S health regulators, that booster dose would be 6 months after completing the primary vaccine series, rather than 8 months as previously reported.
PPP will offer booster doses as soon as they are officially approved. We provide the Pfizer vaccine to patients, parents and other family members.
Don’t use Ivermectin!
A recent CDC report details the significant increase in prescriptions for the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin.
Some have recommended Ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19, despite a total lack of evidence on safety or effectiveness. Calls to poison control centers regarding Ivermectin ingestions have increased 5-fold while hospitals are seeing increased ER visits and hospitalizations due to Ivermectin toxicity, particularly when people use versions of the drug intended for large animals.
Are We There Yet?
This PSA from the AAP features the familiar refrain from family road trips.
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.