With the COVID-19 vaccine now available to kids between the ages of 12 and 15, parents are understandably grappling with whether to vaccinate. Pediatricians are playing a critical role in guiding hesitant parents about the safety, efficacy and benefits of the vaccine in kids. Dr. Zachary Hoy, Pediatrix-affiliated pediatric infectious disease specialist at Nashville Pediatric Infectious Disease in Tennessee, informs parents that children can experience the same reactions as adults, which generally resolve within 48-72 hours. “Side effects are not usually as feared or worrisome if parents know what to expect and how long to expect them,” said Dr. Hoy. He also advises parents that in rare cases, children are at risk of developing a condition called multisytem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) following infection with the Coronavirus. “These MIS-C cases can cause children to have to be admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) and sometimes have cardiac, kidney, GI and neurologic issues,” stated Dr. Hoy.  

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