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Authorization of COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 and up important step in protecting children during pandemic, says American Academy of Pediatrics

Statement by AAP President Lee Savio Beers, MD, FAAP: “The authorization today by the Food & Drug Administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 and older is a critically important step in bringing life-saving vaccines to children and adolescents. Our youngest generations have shouldered heavy burdens over the past year, and the vaccine […]

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AAP: Between July 9 and Aug. 6, there were 179,990 new child COVID cases – an increase of 90% in child cases over 4 weeks

August 12, 2020 – The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, in a weekly report that compiles state-by-state data on COVID-19 cases in children, found that between July 9 and Aug. 6, there were 179,990 new child cases — an increase of 90% in child cases over 4 weeks.  The data – while […]

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Children with COVID-19 Impacted Less Severely Than Adults: Study

March 16, 2020 – New research found that overall children in China infected with the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)showed less severe symptoms of illness than adults, though infants and toddlers were vulnerable to moderate and severe infection.  The study, “Epidemiological Characteristics of 2143 Pediatric Patients with 2019 Coronavirus Disease in China,” examined the cases of 731 children with confirmed laboratory-tested cases of the coronavirus and 1,412 […]

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U.S. Health, Medical Groups React to Staggering Decline in Children’s Enrollment in Public Health Insurance Coverage

Washington, DC, May 13, 2019—Leading children’s health and medical organizations are sounding the alarm; new data show that the number of children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) nationwide fell by about 840,000 in 2018. In response to these numbers, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Dental Health […]

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Homophobic Bullying Associated With Prop 8 Referendum Restricting Marriage to Heterosexuals

May 13, 2019 – Homophobic bullying peaked in California schools during the time of the Proposition 8 referendum in November 2008 that called for marriage to be limited to heterosexuals, according to a study published in the June 2019 issue of Pediatrics. The study, “Proposition 8 and Homophobic Bullying in California,” (published online May 13) […]

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Transgender Teens Subjected to Restrictive School Restroom Policies Face Higher Risk of Sexual Assault

May 6, 2019 – Transgender and gender non-binary teens experience high rates of sexual assault during middle school and high school, and they are at a greater risk of sexual assault at schools that deny them access to gender identity-congruent restrooms or locker rooms, according to a Pediatrics study. The study, “School Restroom/Locker Rooms Restrictions […]

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AAP Urges U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to Recall Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper

Washington, DC April 9, 2019 – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) calls on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to issue an immediate recall for the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper inclined sleeper, which has been tied to 32 sleep-related infant deaths, according to a new analysis by Consumer Reports. AAP urges parents to […]

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American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Vaccine Recommendations for 2019-2020 Season

ITASCA, March 14, 2019 – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will advise families to vaccinate their children against influenza next season with either the flu shot or the nasal spray vaccine for the best protection against the virus during the 2019-2020 flu season. The recommendation differs slightly from last year, when AAP cited a […]

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American Academy of Pediatrics Urges Support of Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children, Adolescents

Sept. 17, 2018 –  Transgender and gender-diverse children face many challenges in life, but, like all children, they can grow into happy and healthy adults when supported and loved throughout their development. That is the underlying message within a new policy statement published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) called, “Ensuring Comprehensive Care and […]