Mayo pediatrician recommends back-to-school physicals, cardiac screenings for all students | Local News

Providers, Poterucha says, are seeing “near epidemic levels” of weight gain or obesity among young people during the pandemic, with factors such as stress eating, snacking more often, staying indoors more and canceling sports or activities.

“It was a big alarm for pediatricians,” Poterucha says. “If you are a parent and you have noticed that your child has gained significant weight and you are concerned about their health, now is the time to bring them in to see if we can improve their global health as they move forward in their It’s something where we’ve really put our heads together to get these kids back on track for a healthy life.”

With those 12 and older eligible for the Pfizer version of the COVID-19 vaccine, Poterucha is urging parents who have not yet taken their child for their injections to ask any questions, especially if reports of very rare cases of heart or nervous disorders related side effects increase hesitation in some.

The CDC still strongly recommends inoculation, with vaccine-related health problems and deaths of minuscule percentages relative to doses given and far less common than COVID-19-related health effects and deaths.

As of July 14, the CDC had confirmed 335 deaths from the coronavirus among those aged 17 and under, and a total of 609,505 fatalities. More than 336 million vaccine doses have been given and a total of 40 cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome and 633 reports of myocarditis or pericarditis related to the vaccines have been confirmed. There are 100 preliminary reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome. As of July 12, VAERS had received 6,079 reports of death among vaccinated individuals, equivalent to 0.0018%. A report is not confirmation that the death is related to the vaccine.

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