Perspectives on COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids

These short videos feature personal experiences from clinicians caring for kids with COVID-19; families affected by flu, another virus sometimes perceived as insignificant in kids; and survivors of polio, another virus that causes long-term effects. The videos can also be accessed through a YouTube playlist.

Allison B.

Allison B.

A clinician

"Over the past year and a half, I’ve spent time in the intensive care units and on the floors taking care of these children."

Watch their story.

Amber M.

Amber M.

A family affected by flu

"We thought when she was diagnosed with influenza that our biggest worry would be that all of us were going to get the flu, not that she would pass away from the flu."

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Carol F.

Carol F.

A polio survivor

"I can easily connect the fear of contracting polio to the fear we’ve all been experiencing with COVID-19. An asymptomatic or a very mild case of that virus has changed my life forever."

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Deb S.

Deb S.

A polio survivor

"No one knows what the long-haulers may have to go through because we did not know at the time that we were going to be going through the same thing."

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Hamid B.

Hamid B.

A clinician

"This is one of the other primary reasons to consider vaccination in children...not just because they got a disease for three, hour, five days, but it can affect them for months, and potentially even years down the line due to...the post-acute effects of this viral syndrome."

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Jennifer M.

Jennifer M.

A family affected by flu

"I just remember being completely alarmed because here this healthy, vibrant 5-year-old within a matter of 24 hours was clinging to life and unable to breathe on her own."

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Joe R.

Joe R.

A polio survivor

"Movie theaters and swimming pools were closed. Birthday parties were canceled. ...And the start of school was sometimes delayed."

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Lauren L.

Lauren L.

A clinician

"It can be traumatizing and scary and difficult for children and their support systems, despite the severity of illness or anything of that nature."

Watch their story.

 

Reviewed on November 15, 2021

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

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