Yesterday the FDA approved the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for use in children 12 to 15 years old. The following serves as a brief response to the FDA’s approval and an update to our April 23 newsletter in which I answered questions submitted by parents: The Latest on Children, Teens, and COVID-19 Vaccines.
GetzWell News & Information
SF Bay Area Moms sat down on April 13, 2021 with Dr. Julia Getzelman and asked her their members’ latest questions…
From SF Gate’s StoryStudio.
GetzWell Personalized Pediatrics takes pride in their role as extended family for their patients, especially when so many Bay Area residents don’t have family locally. “We believe it takes a village to raise children.”
Dr. Getzelman was named among the Top Women in Medicine and was featured in the National Women in Medicine series by Thrive Global.
When I was in my thirties, after finishing my medical training and working as a “mainstream pediatrician” prior to founding GetzWell, I went on a medical-mission-type trip. I worked for a month in a hospital clinic in Antigua, Guatemala. Families with children in need of medical and surgical interventions — and even some adults who had lived their entire lives with facial deformities — traveled for many miles to the clinic, lining up for hours in order to get help. It was a tremendously moving and transformative experience.
This article appeared in a Women in Wellness series in Authority Magazine.
Over the dozen years since I established GetzWell Pediatrics in San Francisco, we have developed a highly successful and fundamentally different kind of medical approach, empowering parents with the information necessary to prevent disease — and even cure illness — largely by raising their awareness of food’s powerful impact on their children and its potential to both harm and to heal. But it really all started with a garden in the middle of Los Angeles in the 1960s.
We are off to an impressive start to 2021. Not only do we have a highly competent new administration in the White House working to repair many aspects of our country, we also have at least two vaccines (e.g. Pfizer and Moderna) with 94% or better efficacy after two doses and their availability is rapidly ramping up. And, I expect that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will receive emergency use authorization this month.
“We need to stop this false view of COVID as either death or recovered. A 25 year old with lifelong lung problems…[c]hronic kidney or heart disease seems increasingly likely….The risks to everyone, including young [people] must be understood.” – Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (@ASlavit)
My primary goal in writing this article is to provide additional information to facilitate a more nuanced understanding of SARS-CoV-2 (“COVID”).
The last few weeks have been emotionally charged, to say the least, and I’ve been struggling to come up with just the right words to express my sadness, deep disappointment, and outrage at police brutality.
Many have asked me to share what I personally have been doing to keep myself healthy and protected given the current threat of COVID-19.
In addition to eating a whole foods organic diet with an emphasis on vegetables, keeping my stress levels as low as possible (via meditation, mindfulness, yoga, prayer, gratitude practice, etc.), moving/exercising every day for at least half an hour, getting a minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night, washing my hands, wearing a mask in public, and staying connected to friends, family and community, here are the immune supports that I have chosen for myself and would recommend for you.
Hold on tightly folks. Shelter-in-place and other restrictions imposed by state and local governments to slow COVID-19 are being loosened, and even lifted in some parts of California and the United States, without any comprehensive federal plan or testing strategy. At the federal level, chaos, lies, and gaslighting are preferred over planning, testing and leadership. Last week, Mr. Trump opined that COVID testing increases the number of novel coronavirus infections. This truly outrageous statement is beyond magical thinking. It is akin to suggesting there’s no need to use birth control to avoid pregnancy—instead, just skip the pregnancy test.