COVID vaccines have been extensively studied, tested and used around the world.
Getting a vaccination is a safer and more dependable way to build immunity to COVID-19 than getting sick with COVID-19. In addition to being the best way to be protected, vaccination also decreases the risk of re-infection.
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for children 6 months and older.
- Getting vaccinated can help protect children against COVID-19.
- Some children may have mild and temporary side effects after COVID-19 vaccination.
- Children receive a smaller dose of COVID-19 vaccine than teens and adults, based on age, not on a child’s size or weight.
- Children who have already had COVID-19 should still get vaccinated for added protection.
- Children can safely receive other vaccines the same day they receive their COVID-19 vaccine.
Stay up to date! Routine vaccination is an important preventive care service that should not be delayed.
COVID-19 is still a leading cause of death in children and there can be significant mental health impacts on children when they bring COVID-19 home to their families.
Because our top priority is the safety and health of our patients and families, employees, physicians and community, Driscoll asks that you please wear a mask if you’ve had:
- Positive COVID-19 test in the past 10 days
- Any symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, fever, shortness of breath
- Contact with someone infected with COVID-19 in the past 10 days
An appointment is required for COVID-19 Testing.
Please call (361) 694-4486 or (361) 694-6132 for an appointment.
Most fever, cough, and cold symptoms can be managed at home with over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, Motrin and oral hydration fluids like Pedialyte. However, we encourage you to bring your child to the Emergency Department if:
- Child is having difficulty breathing
- Child is dehydrated (crying without tears, infrequent urination)
- Child is overly drowsy or hard to wake
Fever (a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees) in babies less than 3 months old should prompt you to call your primary care physician or bring your child to the Emergency Department.