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COVID vaccine for kids may be a good idea, says Mayo doctor



FILE - Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse

Children could start getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as next week.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is supporting shots for children ages 5-11.

Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald of the Mayo family medicine department in La Crosse thinks there is merit in having kids get the vaccine.

He says that’s because many kids who have been sick have shown long-term symptoms common to adults.

“We are seeing some children who do not have risk factors who are ill enough to be in the hospital,” Fitzgerald said Wednesday on WIZM’s La Crosse Talk, “and more importantly, getting some long-standing COVID symptoms that are lasting.”

Fitzgerald added that a large portion of the population will need immunity — from vaccines or infection — to finally get COVID under control.

“Do we need to get to 80 or 90% of the community that has some immunity from one venue or another?” he asked. “I think that’s where we need to get to.”

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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