Medical expert weighs in on vax side effects for kids

FLORIDA — The Pfizer vaccine is now available for kids as young as 12-years-old. It could be the key to herd immunity.

However, some parents are hesitant to get their child vaccinated.

Action News Jax reporter, Meghan Moriarty, brought your concerns to a local medical expert.

In a one-on-one interview with Dr. Elizabeth Ranson--Executive President and Chief Physician Executive for Baptist Health--she gives insights to who is more likely to get a reaction.

In adults, we saw things like sore arms, flu-like symptoms, body aches, among other things. Most went away within 24-48 hours.

“Someone who tends to get reactions and not feel great following flu shots, they may be more likely to have symptoms to the COVID vaccine,” Dr. Ransom said. “But, other than that, we just have no great predictor.”

She said things including, stress, anxiety, body temperature, and disrupted sleep could also play a role. But, ultimately, it’s random.

“What is really going on there is that the immune system is kicking into gear,” Dr. Ransom said. “It’s actually recognizing the foreign substance and developing a response to it.”

Moriarty asked about those who do not have a reaction.

Dr. Ransom said it still means the vaccine is working, again reactions can be random.

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