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  • The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) unanimously voted to coadminister the COVID-19 and flu vaccine without any scientific evidence to back the decision
  • CDC staff cite one preprint study funded by Novavax, which the CDC said showed coadministration was safe. However, the study was small, used participants with fewer comorbid conditions and used the Novavax vaccine, which is not an mRNA vaccine
  • The ACIP also warns providers about increased reactogenicity with the combined shot as they expect more adverse reactions. Data suggest that flu vaccines increase your risk of death from COVID-19
  • Parents should be aware of the risks of giving children a COVID-19 vaccine for several reasons: Children usually are asymptomatic or only experience mild symptoms; their ability to transmit the infection is limited; many have natural immunity after recovering from the illness; and vaccinating children to protect adult health has not been proven to be an effective disease control strategy
  • Currently, the COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) granted to vaccine manufacturers by the FDA and, as of June 18, 2021, there have been reports of nine COVID-19 vaccine-related deaths in children ages 12 to 17. Medical professionals administering vaccines are required to report vaccine reactions to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS); if they refuse, you can file a report yourself


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