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Expert answers questions parents may have about COVID vaccine for kids: Mom Squad with 3News' Maureen Kyle

Now that a new omicron variant is spreading, you may have questions about the efficacy of vaccines and timing of when to get the shot for your kids.

CLEVELAND — A new omicron variant of COVID is popping up across the U.S. It's called B-A 2.75 and health experts say the current versions of vaccines do not protect you from it. But officials say a new vaccine formulas should be available this fall.

Just last month, the CDC approved the COVID-19 vaccine for kids in the youngest age group: 5 and younger. As you're going back to school and getting those wellness visits, you're most like encountering the choice of whether or not to get that shot for your child.

In today's Mom Squad, we talk with Dr. Amy Edwards, infectious disease specialist with University Hospitals Rainbow Babies. She talks about all the concerns parents may have and also the timing of when to get that vaccine if your family just had omicron.

Watch the full Mom Squad podcast on this topic in the player below:

“Infection with omicron appears to give the least amount of natural protection. And as much as the vaccine isn't as effective as we'd like it to be, omicron is worse. There's really no protection for getting a repeat infection if you've had omicron, so we basically say that if you're out of quarantine, and you're back to your baseline, then you're fine -- go get vaccinated,” Dr. Edwards says.

In the podcast, Dr. Edwards goes in depth about her biggest concern when it comes to kids and COVID, which is long haul symptoms. Mom Squad Pod is available wherever you get your podcasts.


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