Original article from healthychildren.org
The COVID-19 virus is still spreading. During the holidays, your family will likely be exposed to many more people while traveling and attending holiday parties. That’s why getting the vaccine and updated booster shot are the best things to do to keep your kids healthy this holiday season. It also helps ensure that your kids can continue attending child care, school and other activities that are so important for their physical and mental health in the new year and beyond.
All eligible kids should get the COVID vaccine so they are ready to resist infection—and it’s an important way to protect the health of others.
A vaccine for babies, kids & teens
The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for kids 6 months old and up. The COVID vaccine dose your child will get is based on their age. Your Kids First Provider can explain which vaccine is right for your baby, child or teen.
Here’s a checklist as you prepare for your child’s COVID vaccination:
Sign up for COVID vaccine safety text program
Parents and guardians: Sign your child up for COVID-19 vaccination safety checks with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) v-safe program. V-safe sends text messages with links to web surveys, allowing you to share how your child is feeling after vaccination. If you report seeking medical care during a health check-in, the CDC will follow up by phone.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all eligible infants, children, and adults aged 6 months and older should get COVID vaccines. People are considered up to date if they have received all recommended doses and boosters for their age. Encourage your child to keep doing their part to protect others. Then they can get back to activities they enjoy, like play groups, sports, traveling and holiday fun, with some added confidence that they are protected!
*This article is informational but is not a substitute for medical attention or information from your provider.