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Mayo to start offering COVID shots to young kids Friday



Children as young as 5 can start getting the COVID-19 vaccine Friday at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.

The FDA approved a lower-dose Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5-11.

Mayo pediatrician Robert Jacobson offered advice for parents whose children might be afraid to get a shot.

“Think about something special your family can do to mark the vaccination and to celebrate the vaccination,” Jacobson said. “Indicate to your child, this was a grown-up thing for you to do, I’m very proud of you.”

Dr. Jacobson prefers the celebration to other types of rewards, such as offering to pay kids to get a shot.

The doctor also says children could be persuaded to think about how a vaccine can keep them healthy.

“You should explain to the child that the pain of the injection will come and go, but the benefits are long lasting,” he said. “Teach them that the vaccine teaches the body to defend against the germs and the harms that these germs do.”

Jacobson added that it may not be necessary to get a new vaccine for COVID every year, unlike the need for new flu vaccines.

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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