How Parents Can Best Protect Kids from COVID According to an Infectious Disease Expert

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Infectious disease expert Dr. Paul Offit has important information for parents concerned about the rise in childhood COVID infections.

With the spike in childhood cases and the vaccine not being approved for people under the age of 12 -- along with mask mandates being rescinded and looser safety precautions in certain areas -- many parents are on edge and wondering how they can best protect their child from COVID.

Dr. Offit believes the rise in child COVID cases now is due to the delta variant, which he explains is very different from what was circulating a year ago. He also notes many safety precautions we collectively took a year ago have changed, many people are seeing more people, going more places, and often without a mask.

He has treated many children with COVID and the parents are also not vaccinated. "[Getting the vaccine] is the least the parents can do to protect not only them but their child," the infectious disease expert stresses.

Additionally, Dr. Offit also points to children ages 12 to 17, noting around only 30 percent of these kids have been vaccinated.

The bottom line: The best way to protect your unvaccinated child from COVID is to make sure everyone in your household who is eligible gets the vaccine, and ideally anyone eligible that the child interacts with (like older siblings. grandparents, and family friends) should also get the shot.

Find out where to get your free COVID-19 vaccine, here or search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you in the U.S.

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