COVID vaccines and your children – UConn’s medical experts are helping parents learn what’s best for their kidsNovember 10, 20212 min read
The health and safety of their children is the top priority of every parent. And after more than a year and a half of enduring a pandemic, mothers and fathers across America have been inundated with news, information and debate about what’s best for all of our health and how to avoid contracting COVID-19.
And now, as America is seeing vaccines approved for children five and over, parents and the media are relying on leading experts to provide honest guidance, advice, and clarity on what parents need to know about what’s best for the health of America’s kids.
It’s why Dr. Jody Terranova, a physician at UConn Health and the president-elect for the Connecticut chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is getting the word out to parents:
The state of Connecticut is already rolling out vaccinations for children ages five to eleven.
This move comes on the heels of the CDC's formal recommended emergency use authorization.
Within hours of the announcement, children here have rolled up their sleeves.
One UConn School of Medicine pediatrician says she understands why parents have questions and hopes to clarify a few important details.
Not only is Dr. Jody Terranova the president-elect for the Connecticut chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she was also a member of the scientific sub-group of the state of Connecticut governor’s COVID-19 vaccine advisory group.
“At this point, we are really recommending that all five to eleven-year-olds get vaccinated. There are very few children that should not get vaccinated right now," Dr. Terranova explained.
Dr. Terranova admits the topic of vaccines for children ages five to eleven is a sensitive issue.
That’s why in order to make an informed decision for your family, it's critical to ask important questions, like how does the vaccine work to protect the pediatric population from COVID-19?
“The vaccine that we are giving for COVID works very similar to other vaccines, where it’s really activating your immune system to mount a response to recognize that virus when it invaded your body and create antibodies that will attack it so that it can’t replicate and infect you or your child," continued Dr. Terranova. November 4 - Eyewitness News
If you are a journalist looking to know more about the COVID vaccine for children and the important information parents need to know, let us help with your coverage. Dr. Terranova is available to speak with media – simply click on her icon to arrange an interview today.
Jody Terranova Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Jody Terranova is an expert in the field of pediatrics and Graduate Medical Education