FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) is renewing its commitment to vaccines as a vital tool in protecting children and communities against vaccine-preventable diseases and the ongoing pandemic. FCAAP urges all eligible individuals to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Vaccines are the single most important tool in the health care toolbox to keep people, especially children, healthy and protected against serious infections. The COVID vaccine is no different. Evidence supported by strong science is clear: COVID vaccines are safe and effective. The CDC has approved COVID vaccines for eligible children 6 months of age and older.
“COVID vaccines have saved millions of lives and millions of hospitalizations in millions of cases,” said FCAAP Emerging Infections Task Force Co-chair Mobeen Rathore, MD, CPE, FAAP, FPIDS, FSHEA, FIDSA, FACPE. “We must continue vaccinating the citizens of Florida. Any effort to spread misinformation and disinformation based on faulty pseudoscience does not serve our citizens well and is simply dangerous.”
On Feb. 9, the American Academy of Pediatrics, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released the annual immunization schedule for children and adolescents, outlining all the vaccines that are recommended to promote health. FCAAP unequivocally and in the strongest terms supports protecting Florida’s children with vaccinations, including the COVID vaccine. Call your pediatrician for more information about the vaccination schedule or what vaccines are right for your child.
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Through its more than 2,600 members, the Florida Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics promotes the health and welfare of Florida’s children and supports pediatricians and pediatric specialists as the best qualified providers of their health care.
For more information:
Scott VanDeman, Communications Coordinator
Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
850-224-3939, ext. 1005