Is it safe to travel to other countries with low vaccination rates?

Dr. Jen Ashton answers viewers’ questions about COVID-19, vaccines and more.
1:48 | 05/18/21

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Dr. Ashton, you are answering folks' questions. They have a few here. The first, have there been any reported side effects from the vaccine in the 12-15 year old group? Remember first of all, that is what the clinical trials looked at, because there is a saying in pediatrics, kids are not little adults, so they found very similar side effects in this age group 12 to 15 as they did in adults. The most common, fatigue the next day. They saw things like pain or soreness at the injection site in the arm. Headache, chills, muscle pain. These are not considered serious because, a, they don't require hospitalization or medical management and, B, they are temporary and transient, so parents, pediatricians absolutely should expect these things. It doesn't mean that all kids will have them. But it is really the immune system doing its job. Next question, is it safe to travel to other countries with low vaccination rates? Well, "Safe" is the keyword there, and everyone's kind of idea of how much risk they will be willing to tolerate will be different. You know, it is not just the infectious disease and public health issues in that country, but it is the what IFS. What if all of a sudden travel is restricted. We didn't think that was possible until 2020 but we've seen it happen. What if you get stranded there? Yes, are there variants there that eventually down the road may go under the radar these vaccines right now, that is not but this is something that will become part of our life. Caribbean not a place I wouldn't mind being stranded. We'd come get you, robach. Yes, we would. Exactly. Continue to submit your questions to Dr. Ashton on her Instagram @drjashton.

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