Possible side effects of COVID-19 vaccine for teens

Dr. Jen Ashton has what you need to know about possible side effects with kids ages 12 to 15.
2:01 | 05/18/21

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And as we continue to follow this pandemic, of course we continue to update you, but the numbers look a lot different than they have over time, the numbers still go up, 163.6 million cases of coronavirus worldwide. That staggering number still there, still going up. 586,000 U.S. Deaths. But this number is going up, the way we need it to, doc? 274.4 million shots in the arms coast to coast. Folks getting vaccinated. Yeah, so are that 12 to 15-year-old group of kids. Yesterday we talked about the benefits. You said today you'd talk about a little bit about the risks as parents weigh what they should do with that age group. Let's get right into it, this is based on the clinical trial data in this age group, 12 to 15 years old age group, 78% the most complaint or side effect tired the next day, 76% headache, then you go on to other things like chills, almost 50%, muscle pain 42%, long-term data obviously this is unknown, we don't have 10, 20 years of data on these vaccines yet. But in the clinical trials, zero serious side effects and that's really important when parents and pediatricians ask about the risk of this vaccine. If you're considering medical treatment there are some questions you need to ask. Four questions. So, what's the risk of getting the vaccine? We just went through that. What's the risk of not getting the vaccine? Potentially long-term effects of covid. Potentially infecting someone else. Potentially not being able to go to school. What are the benefits? We covered this yesterday in the age group. This vaccine was found to be 100% effective at preventing severe covid-19 infection. What are the benefits of not getting the vaccine? Those are the four questions that parents should ask. Always helpful to get to the right questions. Dr. Ashton, thank you as always. We'll check in with you

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