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Where We Stand: COVID-19, Vaccines, and more – Thursday, September 9, 2021

By September 9, 2021September 10th, 2021No Comments


Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,

There is an overabundance of information on-line and in the media about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines.  It can be confusing, especially when some local doctors advocate for the opposite of CDC recommendations.

Here is where the doctors of Peachtree Park Pediatrics stand on these issues.

 

The COVID-19 Pandemic

  • COVID-19 is a serious illness with nearly 40 million infections in the U.S. and over 640,000 deaths
  • In Georgia there have been 1.1 million infections and 20,000 deaths
  • COVID-19 is less severe in children, BUT
    • There have been 4.8 million cases in children nationally (15% of total cases)
    • Over 19,000 children have been hospitalized due to COVID-19
    • More than 425 children have died from COVID-19
  • The Delta variant is the predominant strain now. It is much easier to spread from person-to-person and may increase the risk of hospitalization and complications in those infected.

 

Masks

  • Masks can be worn comfortably by children 2 and older
  • Masks can be safely worn by most children, including those with Asthma. Mask wearing may cause safety concerns in children with developmental disabilities.
  • Masks reduce the spread of all respiratory infections, including COVID-19
  • Masks are most effective when used as part of a layered approach to protection which includes handwashing, social distancing and avoiding crowded, indoor settings

 

Schools

  • Some children adapted well to distance learning, while others do much better in person
  • We support the AAP recommendations that children should attend school in person IF that can be done safely
    • Everyone aged 2 and older (students, teachers, staff, parents) should wear masks while in school
    • Vaccines should be mandatory for teachers and staff
    • Vaccine mandates are a reasonable condition of in person learning for students who are eligible to receive the vaccine. Distance learning should be available for unvaccinated students.
    • Parents should follow CDC recommendations about isolation for infected children and quarantine for children who have been exposed to COVID-19 cases

 

Vaccines

  • The COVID-19 vaccines are safe
    • 170 million people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the U.S. alone
    • Significant side effects from the vaccines are rare and are much less common and harmful than health consequences due to illness with COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 vaccines are effective
    • Once fully vaccinated the risk of getting COVID-19 goes down significantly
    • Vaccinated individuals are unlikely to have severe illness
    • Almost all hospitalizations and deaths are in unvaccinated individuals
  • Vaccines do not impact future fertility in teens
  • Vaccines are safe, effective and recommended for everyone 12 years and older
  • Once vaccines are approved for children under 12 we will recommend them for all our patients
  • Vaccination is the single most effective action that everyone can take to protect themselves, their family and their community

 


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.

Sincerely,
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.


Peachtree Park Pediatrics
3193 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite 250
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
404-351-1131
www.peachtreeparkpeds.com/