Akron Children’s Hospital Shares ‘What Parents Should Know’ About the COVID-19 Bivalent Booster

Young black boy and girl show off arms with bandaids on them after vaccination.

With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for children, the team at Akron Children’s Hospital knew parents would have lots of questions. The Ohio children’s hospital has made sure parents and other caregivers have up-to-date, evidence-based information as vaccines and boosters become available. The key takeaway: COVID-19 vaccines are protecting children and saving lives.

In a blog on “The new COVID-19 bivalent booster: What parents should know,” Akron Children’s pediatric infectious disease specialist Eric Robinette, M.D., answers questions about the booster and its possible effects and confirms that flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time. Robinette joined other pediatric specialists at Akron Children’s in a live panel discussion shortly after COVID-19 vaccines were first authorized for children ages 5–11, to answer questions and build confidence around the vaccines.

“Inside Children’s,” an online community that shares health, parenting and hospital news as well as inspirational patient and staff stories, has featured blogs and other resources covering general information on pediatric COVID-19 vaccination and focusing on more specialized topics. One blog helps parents tell the difference between COVID-19 and allergies. Another blog provides guidance on asthma, flu and COVID-19 in kids, emphasizing that as recommendations on COVID-19 continue to change, “focusing on the things we can control is the best medicine for preventing illness and asthma episodes.”

To learn more about Akron Children’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts, including its public vaccination program, visit the organization’s “Kids and COVID-19” webpages.

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