Most children who contract COVID-19 don't get seriously ill or need hospitalization. However, some children do get very sick from the virus, even those who have no preexisting conditions.
While severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 is rare in children, some kids may experience lingering symptoms (Long COVID) or be at risk for a rare but serious inflammatory condition that can affect the heart (multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C). Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect people of all ages from becoming severely ill or having long-lasting health impacts due to the virus.
Research has shown that getting your child the vaccine:
- Lowers their risk of getting infected with COVID-19
- Lowers their risk of getting MIS-C
- Keeps them from getting seriously sick if they do get COVID-19
- Keeps them from spreading COVID-19 to others, including family members who are at high risk of getting very sick or dying from the virus
Medical and public health experts, including at the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Colorado, recommend that all eligible children and adolescents get the COVID-19 vaccine to help protect them from contracting and spreading the virus.