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7 Reasons You've Got to Vaccine Your Kid, Says Dr. Fauci

The coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer for children 5 to 11 years old was approved by the CDC yesterday, and a full launch is scheduled for next week; in fact, appointments are available now at some pediatricians' offices and pharmacies. (By Friday latest, you can schedule these at, say authorities.) If you're on the fence about vaccinating your child, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listed 7 reasons why it's essential to keep your children safe. Read on for all 7—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


Dr. Fauci Said COVID Has Hospitalized and Can Kill Children

Nurse with thermometer measures fever on patient child in hospital bed, wearing protective visor and surgical mask.

"Let's take a look at the cumulative burden of all children," said Dr. Fauci. "Those less than 18 years old, over 5 million cases, over 65,000 hospitalization. And as the total group, over 5,000 multi-system inflammatory syndrome with total deaths now approaching 800 individuals. Let's take a look specifically at the group on the discussion today of the five to 11 year olds" 1.9 million cases reported more than 8,000 hospitalizations, one third of which resulted in a requirement for an ICU admission among that younger group, more than 2,000 multi-system inflammatory syndrome. And in the total cohort, at least 94 COVID associated deaths."


Dr. Fauci Said Underlying Conditions are a Danger

Attentive doctor analyzing x ray of his patient

"Let's take a look at the underlying medical conditions among children of that age group, who are hospitalized," said Dr. Fauci. "It's dominated by chronic lung disease, obesity and neurological disorders, but there are a number of other disorders, many of which we see frequently in children, particularly children of a certain age that make it very, very likely that an individual, if they do become hospitalized, will have one of these underlying conditions."

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Dr. Fauci Warned of Post-COVID Syndrome, a.k.a. Long COVID

little girl with chest pain

"What about the post COVID conditions? I've already mentioned the multi-system inflammatory syndrome, but there's also ongoing or residual symptoms and complications reported in children referred to as long COVID, which occurs in children, maybe to a lesser extent, about four to 6%, but nonetheless long COVID does occur in children." He mentioned these symptoms:

  • Respiratory symptoms
  • Cardiac involvement
  • Anosmia and/or ageusia (changes to smell and taste)
  • Neurodevelopmental impairment
  • Cognitive fogginess or fatigue
  • Physical fatigue/poor endurance
  • Headache
  • Mental health/behavioral health sequelae

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Children and Adults are Equally Vulnerable to Coronavirus Infection

Child With Sore Throat

"Now at the incident rate, children and adults are equally vulnerable to coronavirus infection. There was some consideration earlier on that that was not the case. That may be because children are less likely to become sick." And then a JAMA report "was shown that 50% of children, five to 11 years, all without symptoms. So we should not underestimate the incidence in children."

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Dr. Fauci Warned Kids Can Transmit COVID

Young football soccer players in sportswear.

"What about transmission—transmission, secondary children transmission. It does occur both in the household, in the school settings and vaccination, we hope will decrease this transmission."


The Vaccine is Highly Effective for Kids, Says Fauci

Cheerful Smiling Adolescent Patient Showing Vaccinated Arm With Sticking Patch On Her Shoulder After Getting Shot And Thumb Up Gesture.

"What about the efficacy? In individuals 12 to 15 years old, a study just a few months ago shows that in adolescents of those age, the vaccine efficacy is extremely high, approaching 100%. When you look at children within the age group, under the discussion today, five 11 year old, about 91% efficacy during a period of time when Delta was the prevalent strain."

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So Vaccine Your Kids, Said Fauci

Child with face mask getting vaccinated

"I've shown you disease burden incidents, transmission, and the efficacy of the vaccine, every reason in the world to get our children vaccinated." So get vaccinated, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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