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.

2023-2024 FLU SHOTS ARE IN!

Important Flu Season Announcement. Our first partial shipment of mercury free flu vaccines has arrived. Please schedule your appointment as soon as possible. We are offering flu vaccines for the 2023-2024 influenza season to all members (including parents and caregivers). The CDC recommends everyone over the age of 6 months receive a flu vaccine annually. […]

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COVID & Flu Vaccines at GetzWell

COVID & Flu Vaccines at GetzWell COVID Shots For parents and caregivers wanting to vaccinate their youngest children, GetzWell now has Moderna COVID vaccines for children 6 months to 5 years. This vaccine follows a two-injection schedule, 4-8 weeks apart, and it is ¼ the strength of the adult dose (or 25 mcg per dose).

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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. 

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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. 

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August 25, 2021 Vol. 9: What To Do When There’s Been a COVID Exposure & Other Important Information

Since most kids have already returned to school for the fall 2021-22 academic year and the highly infectious Delta variant is now dominant in the Bay Area and beyond, I have pulled together our guidance regarding whether and how long to isolate or quarantine, which are actually two different things.

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