New vaccine facts and information series for kids

Starting today and running until April 30, a new, unique class for kids five to 11 months old will be offered in conjunction with New York Public Library at Queensborough Children’s Center and the Mount Sinai Health System. It’s called COVID-19 vaccine bookings.

Starting today and running until April 30, a new, unique class for kids five to 11 months old will be offered in conjunction with New York Public Library at Queensborough Children’s Center and the Mount Sinai Health System. It’s called COVID-19 vaccine bookings.

The class on the hospital’s pediatric clinic’s bookshelf is designed to provide parents with information and facts about vaccines, side effects and schedules.

“Now we have so many diseases to vaccinate our children against — in New York, CDC and state regulations demand a high coverage — that the diagnosis and presentation of a severe or unexpected reaction becomes the top decision factor for making vaccination decisions for your child,” said Dr. Jeffrey Korszmaul, of Mount Sinai. “Also, many small children are still not vaccinated despite research that concludes vaccinations provide significant health benefits and that such reasons are rare. So the topic of vaccination and safety is highly publicized — it’s a big part of everyone’s lives — and yet many kids get sick and die because they’re not immunized.”

Current laws require many parents in the New York City area to vaccinate their children on a specific date that coincides with when they are supposed to be coming to school. This older schedule is combined with an age-appropriate immunization schedule.

COVID-19 provides that very information, about the overall vaccination process, in addition to individual vaccine schedule information and information about other vaccine related health issues. This is part of a national initiative called NOVA, for National Vaccine Awareness. In 2017, the Mount Sinai Sick Kids Center for Immunization Research and the Mount Sinai Maternal and Child Health Institute Foundation created an online vaccine schedule resource center for parents that was then matched with area school and public health centers, as well as schools.

The COVID-19 vaccination program is an expanded version of that online resource center, which is limited to New York City, and is free and anonymous to all and offered free of charge to all parents.

The COVID-19 program is funded by a $2 million grant from the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Along with the New York Public Library, the Mount Sinai Maternal and Child Health Institute Foundation, as well as parents and children’s health experts, provide advice and support to all families, both in-person and online. This is the first of a series of vaccine program and website improvement projects that will focus on reducing vaccine hesitancy and improving access and utilization of immunization resources for patients and families across the New York metropolitan area.

To learn more about the COVID-19 program, go to: www.mountsinai.org/health/vaccine-outreach/disease-vaccine

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