To protect your kid.
We all want to protect our children. Vaccinating kids helps keep them from getting COVID.
We know that most cases of COVID in kids are mild. And we know that vaccines can have side effects. But your child is much more likely to get sick or even die from COVID than they are to get a serious side effect from the vaccine.
In 2021, COVID killed about 600 kids. In an average year, flu kills about 120 kids. So for kids, COVID is at least five times more deadly than the flu.
About a third of kids who get sick with COVID may also get Long COVID. Vaccination helps keep that from happening.
To protect your family.
Vaccinating your child makes it much less likely that they will get infected and pass the virus on to other family members. That's even more important if someone in your household is at high risk of getting very sick from COVID.
To protect your community.
Vaccinating children can make it less likely that elderly people in your community will get sick.
To protect all of us.
Every time COVID infects a person, there’s a chance that the virus can create a new variant. The best way to keep new variants from appearing is to vaccinate as many people as possible, including kids.