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Why It’s Essential To Get Your Teen Vaccinated Against COVID-19

While there’s little question among the professionals that vaccinations are important, many parents still show concern at the prospect of getting the COVID-19 vaccine for their children. This concern often seems supported by the fact that younger children tend not to show symptoms if they get the disease and are less likely to die or be hospitalized from infection. In spite of this, experts state that it is essential that your teens, and eventually your younger children, receive the vaccination for their own health and for those around them.

Three Reasons Experts Say You Should Vaccinate Your Teen Against COVID-19

Not only is it important, but it’s also critical that those who are over the age get vaccinated as soon as possible. COVID-19 isn’t an individual problem; it’s a concern that affects almost everyone in the world. Eliminating it as a threat is a responsibility all of us share, and the way we help with it is by masking up, social distancing, and getting the vaccine for our families as soon as possible. The following three reasons are why it’s essential your child get vaccinated and how it can help protect others.

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Protects Teens From A Dangerous Infection – While it’s true that younger people have a reduced risk of infection, that doesn’t mean the chance is zero. Those between the ages of 5 and 17 rep represent nearly 10% of all COVID-19 cases that have happened in the United States. While death is uncommon, it is not unheard of. Teens, in particular, are at risk for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).
  • The More Of Us That Receive Vaccinations, The Closer We Get To Herd Immunity – Every one of us that gets a vaccination is one more person that is both immune to the disease and incapable of spreading it to others. Those who are unable to receive the vaccination due to unavailability or other medical conditions can be protected by those who can receive their vaccinations. With those under 18 comprising 24% of the population in the US, teens play an important role.
  • COVID-19 Is Mutating –  Vaccination Can Help Fight New Strains – By reducing the spread of the original COVID-19 virus, we limit the possibility that it will have a chance to mutate. The more people who can become infected by and carry the disease, the more chances there are that it will continue to slip past our defenses.  

Taking these into consideration, it’s absolutely clear that we must vaccinate our children as soon as possible, in addition to being vaccinated ourselves. With all of us working to beat it, we can put an end to the pandemic and get back on the way to a safer world for all of us.

Bring Additional Questions About Vaccination To Your Health Provider

If you still have concerns about vaccinating your children, reach out to your health provider with your worries. They’ll be able to provide clear information about the safety of your child and how vaccinations can help. Act soon to ensure that your children, your elderly, and all your loved ones are protected from COVID-19. The pandemic isn’t over, but with us all working together, it can be.

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Dr. Trang Nguyen Conroe Family Doctor provides singular medical care for patients in Montgomery, Harris, and Walker Counties under the leadership of Dr. Trang Nguyen. As a Board Certified Family Medicine physician who graduated from the University of Oklahoma, she brings expert care to local families.