Eager students and staff arrived for the first bell at Sugar Creek Elementary School in Verona to start a new school year on Wednesday. Verona Area School District officials say this is the second largest elementary school in Dane County, with many newcomers this year from other districts and even other countries.
With students going back to in-person learning, there is concern that many will encounter newfound peer pressure to use e-cigarettes. UW Madison Associate Professor of Pediatric Pulmonology, Dr. Vivek Balasubramaniam (MD), said the teen vaping crisis took a backseat during the pandemic, but it never went away.
Many students and their parents are entering this new year cautiously, as the threat of COVID-19 looms. Dr. Jeff Pothof, UW Health’s Chief Quality Officer, said mask-wearing is of the utmost importance in any school.
One is the claim that kids don’t get seriously sick from COVID-19. Dr. DeMuri said although rates of hospitalization and death are lower among kids than adults, children can experience severe illness from COVID.
On the heels of recent news that the FDA could authorize Pfizer’s vaccine for use in teens ages 12 to 15 as early as next week, local health organizations are kicking preparations into high gear. Fitchburg Family Pharmacy decided to go ahead and start scheduling doses for 12-15 year-olds to get the Pfizer vaccine at their clinic. None of these appointments are guaranteed until the vaccine gets the green light from the FDA.
Dr. Jeff Pothof with UW Health said you should get both doses of Pzifer or Moderna, or the single Johnson & Johnson shot, even if you have had COVID-19 in the past. He explained that after you’ve recovered you may have natural antibodies, but the vaccine is going to give you much better protection.
The NBC15 Vaccine Team is answering your questions about future booster shots of COVID-19 and if they could be combined with other vaccines. You can find a full list of NBC15 Vaccine Team Q&A’s HERE. Dr. Dan Shirley said this is a big priority for the future of vaccinations.
On Tuesday, health officials on the federal and state level issued a recommendation to pause administration of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine due to concerns over adverse reactions and blood clots. So what should you do if you got the J&J shot or are worried about adverse reactions to any of the vaccines.
Dr. Matt Anderson, UW Health’s Senior Medical Director of Primary Care, said individuals should wait 14 days after the last dose of the vaccine before getting a shingles shot. This applies to most other vaccines as well.