Wisconsin physician urges folks to not trivialize how harmful COVID is to youngsters, now that children 5-11 might be vaccinated | WUWM 89.7 FM

Earlier this week, the director of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention endorsed the recommendation that youngsters ages 5 to 11 obtain the Pfizer pediatric vaccination towards COVID-19.

There are about 500,000 youngsters in that age group in Wisconsin.

Distribution of the vaccine is underway. Nevertheless it’s not but clear when photographs will go in children’ arms. That’s as a result of native well being departments are ready for the inexperienced gentle from the CDC.

Dr. Ryan Westergaard desires mother and father who’re deciding whether or not to vaccinate their children to maintain some issues in thoughts.

Westergaard is the chief medical officer with the state Division of Well being Providers Bureau of Communicable Ailments.

Throughout a state COVID-19 media briefing Wednesday, Westergaard mentioned it’s okay for folks to be hesitant to get their youngsters vaccinated. However he urges folks to not trivialize how harmful COVID-19 might be for kids.

“The danger of extreme COVID-19 amongst younger youngsters is way, a lot decrease than amongst older or aged sufferers. It isn’t zero. As well as, there have been over 8,000 hospitalizations nationwide amongst folks within the age group, which might be very scary and really disruptive for households. Once more, that is one thing that’s preventable from the vaccine, which had a few 90% discount within the scientific trials of symptomatic COVID-19,” Westergaard mentioned.

Westergaard additionally talked about the elevated threat of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in youngsters who contract COVID-19. There have been greater than 100 circumstances in Wisconsin. The syndrome isn’t brought on by COVID-19, however by the immune system’s response that may result in hospitalizations or extreme sickness.

Westergaard’s last message to folks on the fence about vaccinating their children is that thousands and thousands of individuals have been vaccinated, and there’s a good monitor file that reveals the advantages of being vaccinated far outweigh the dangers.

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