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Shots for tots: Maryland’s COVID-19 experts push for parents to protect little kids as vaccines are recommended for the youngest ages

June 21, 2022
In this 2017 photo, captured inside a clinical setting, a health care provider was placing a bandage on the injection site of a child, who had just received a seasonal influenza vaccine. Children younger than 5-years-old, and especially those younger than 2-years-old, are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications. A flu vaccine offers the best defense against flu, and its potentially serious consequences, and can also reduce the spread of flu to others.

A year and a half after the rollout of the first COVID-19 vaccines, health officials are planning to start giving shots this week to the last remaining group: babies and young children. There are about 19 million kids ages 6 months to 5 years around the country, including 358,000 in Maryland, and vaccines for them from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech could both be available early this week.

Article Source: Baltimore Sun

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