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The past two years have been a challenging time for families and caregivers of children under the age of five. With the recent availability of and recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the COVID-19 vaccine for children age six months through four years, families and caregivers may have questions or concerns about the vaccine and their child.
Healthychildren.org (from the American Academy of Pediatrics) offers this article, What Should Parents Know About the COVID Vaccine for Kids Under 5? which provides information about:
    • What parents should know about COVID vaccine safety for kids under 5
    • What’s happening with COVID-19 right now
    • What else parents can do to protect kids under 5
Sesame Street has new resources that let families know it’s okay to have questions about getting their children vaccinated and to encourage parents and caregivers to get informed about the COVID-19 vaccines. Watch Elmo get the vaccine videoprint the You can do it poster and the printable Questions for my Doctor sheet.
Make sure any information you receive and read about the COVID vaccine comes from a reliable and science-based source. Families and caregivers with questions or concerns about the vaccine and their child’s health should talk with their child’s healthcare provider. 
This post was updated July 6, 2022. For the most up to date information, please talk with your child’s healthcare professional.

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