Information on Vaccines from the blog of GetzWell Pediatrics, a premier pediatrics practice in San Francisco, California.

Vaccines

Information on Vaccines from the blog of GetzWell Pediatrics, a premier pediatrics practice in San Francisco, California.

Nov. 21 2021 Vol. 11: Your Kid Has COVID: Now What?

It’s important to remember that having a healthy kid doesn’t mean they never get sick. Despite our best efforts, sometimes COVID (and other sickness) makes it through our various lines of defense. And, if it does break through, this doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent. Even in our boutique practice, particularly since Delta became the dominant strain this past July, more than a handful of parents have transmitted COVID to their kids, there have been peer-to-peer school transmissions, and we’ve also seen children transmit the virus to adults. 

November 1, 2021 Vol. 10: A Nuanced Perspective – Whether Parents Should Vaccinate 5-11 Year Olds

On October 26th an independent advisory panel to the FDA, comprised of the country’s top scientists, epidemiologists, immunologists and physicians, voted 17 to zero to recommend a smaller dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The FDA and CDC will undoubtedly accept and ratify the panel’s advice within days and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (aka Comirnaty) will soon be available to all but the youngest people in the United States. 

Should 12-15 Year Olds Be Vaccinated For COVID-19?

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.

Can vaccinations cause long lasting side effects?

It’s no secret that there is a great deal of controversy over whether to vaccinate children and if vaccines can, in fact, cause serious and/or long term health effects. At the heart of the matter are the genuine apprehensions of parents who want to make sound decisions on behalf of their children’s health and future. It is challenging, however, to discern where to draw the line between well-founded data and unsubstantiated fear.

Vaccines: 5 Ways to Optimize Your Child’s Immune Response and Reduce Vaccine Side Effects

At GetzWell, when it comes to childhood vaccination, we use up-to-date research and thoughtful consultation to help our families plan the best course of action.

We also go to great lengths to help parents understand the helpful role they play in their baby’s immunization response and experience. The following are 5 important ways we can ensure that your baby is vaccinated in the healthiest and safest way possible.

Breastfeeding Reduces Risk of Fever After Vaccines

Parents often ask if they should premedicate their baby before immunization in order to prevent fever and discomfort that’s associated with the shots. In fact, a study published last year in The Lancet suggested that acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) blunts the immune system’s response to the vaccines. At GetzWell, where we often vaccinate children on a staggered schedule (fewer vaccines per appointment) and strongly discourage premedication, we rarely see post-vaccine fevers or pain. Additionally, an Italian study involving 450 babies (published in Pediatrics in May 2010), showed that half as many infants who were exclusively breastfed developed post-vaccine fevers compared to babies who weren’t breastfed at all. Yet another reason to support breastfeeding whenever possible!