F.D.A. Authorizes Moderna and Pfizer Covid Vaccines for Youngest Children

  1. I would argue that it is more meaningful than most childhood vaccines, at least in the short term. While measles and polio may be worse on a per-case basis, your kid’s chances of ever contacting either disease at all is really low, while their chances of contacting covid is VERY high.

  2. Vaxxed resident here, so not asking out of any ill-intent but it's my understanding that the evidence for benefit in older kids was very limited- moderate protection that only lasted a few weeks. Is there evidence that these vaccines provide protection against severe disease, death, and/or long COVID in children, especially the young kids in the current population the vaccine is expanding to cover? I would love to be better informed if that's the case, but it's hard to judge vax-skeptical people when the evidence in kids has been limited, the vaccine has been highly politicized, and Europe's not pushing to vaccinate kids.

  3. From everything I’ve seen, they’ve primarily studied immune response, not clinical endpoints such as prevention of hospitalization, complications, death. Although people much more well versed in stats than me have looked at it more in depth, and I believe they found that the NNT to prevent hospitalization was pretty high. That fits the narrative that overwhelmingly kids fare much better with Covid than adults, and the risk of severe disease, complications, death, etc., is pretty low regardless of vaccination.

  4. Was about to link the localepidemiologist blog post about this summarizing, but all the good points are there in why my kiddo is getting his first covid shot next week and someone's already posted it.

  5. Are any of your kids within a three month window of turning five and potentially debating waiting off to get the higher dose of the vaccine for them instead?

  6. Serious question for those in pediatrics… why would my daughter’s (very pro vax) pediatrician advise AGAINST the covid vaccine for a healthy 5 yo in February of this year? When I asked at the appointment, the response I got was along the lines of, “let’s wait and see if this is necessary over the next few months”. I know covid cases were declining at the time, but for a healthy kid, why advise against it?

  7. I'm the proud father of a toddler born during this pandemic. Every day I've come home from work I've gone through the basement and stripped down in the laundry room and showered before even allowing myself to kiss my wife or daughter.

  8. She can still catch covid despite recent vaccination, and the protection is expected to be transient anyway, so I wouldn't alter your routine just yet. Stay safe.

  9. Does the vaccine prevent against severe disease? What about hospitalizations? What if kids have already had Covid, do they need the vaccine?

  10. Waiting for the medical professionals to start commenting and creating discourse on this so I can learn from people who aren’t fear mongering a vaccine that has decades of research behind it.

  11. the vaccine is safe and that has been proven over and over again. whether children should be vaccinated or not is a different topic and will inevitably require subjective opinion because the data is not anywhere near as strong

  12. I'm a little hesitant about doing this for my 3 year old. That's in part how bad he has done with all his vaccinations up until now. We just had COVID as a family a few weeks, and got over it quickly. With how often we cycle neutralizing antibodies against the latest phase of COVID, I wonder how much efficacy the vaccine gives against the next spike protein. I may just wait until it's a yearly like influenza, but I will probably touch base with my Peds ID colleagues. I don't feel any urgency here as I felt with my parents and brother.

  13. I am really curious about what ‘how bad’ means? Not to make arguments, but more because I don’t have kids. I don’t get to see what the post vaccine fevers and fussing and crying looks like. What it like?

  14. It will probably be a couple of months before it is available here (NZ) and I understand your perspective- I'm very keen on it because as well as the medical benefits, my 3 year old is extremely intrigued by medical knowledge and procedures and actually enjoys the process of getting vaccinated (!).

  15. If you look at the main risk of COVID as acute viral respiratory failure, it makes sense to get the vaccine from a statistical standpoint in the 0-5 age range. Absolute risk is still low. So is measles though.

  16. The vast majority of polio infections (99.5%) does not die or have paralytic polio. Why do we vaccinate for polio?

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