Kids Behind On Routine Vaccines Required To Attend School

Moms – Jessica Tucker

Kids are behind on routine vaccines required to attend school due to the pandemic canceling all non-essential visits to doctors last year. As such, healthcare professionals are working overtime to ensure that the backlog of kids still waiting to get their routine vaccines from last year does not preclude them from being able to enter school this year, according to Medical Xpress.

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A Vaccine For Children Is Not Likely To Be Approved Until The End Of Year

KQED News Mind/Shift – Cory Turner

Parents and caregivers may have to wait until the end of 2021 before a COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved for young children ages 5 to 11. The news comes from Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition.

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COVID-19 pandemic accelerates children’s weight gain, BMI

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

A study led by researchers at the University of South Carolina’s Department of Exercise Science has found increases in body mass index (BMI) scores among school-age children. Likely a result of school closures, food insecurity and fewer outdoor activity opportunities, the authors discuss the unhealthy trend in weight gain among children in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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A guide to height for parents and children

Medical News Today – Beth Sissons

The height of a child’s biological parents can be a good indicator of how tall a child will be, as genetics play a prominent role in determining height. However, this can vary, and siblings with the same parents may all reach different heights. Other factors, such as biological sex, overall health, nutrition, sleep, and exercise, during developmental years all factor into height and growth.

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