“Max the Vax” helping parents make educated decisions
A push to get more kids vaccinated in Nebraska
OMAHA, Neb. (KLKN)-Today medical professionals discussed the need to get more children vaccinated throughout our state. Doctors also discussed how misinformation or just a lack of information has caused many parents to be skeptical about getting their children vaccinated against the COVID-19. “Max the Vax” is a statewide initiative between the Nebraska department of education and physicians from throughout the state, to bring parents credible information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and their children.
“Our real push right now is to make sure that folks understand the real value in the vaccine, whether or not there is a mandate that comes later, I think that will kind of be done in the right process to make sure that would be appropriate,” said Matthew Blomstedt Nebraska Commissioner of Education.
The reason for the partnership between medical professionals and the Nebraska Department of Education is to keep kids in school.
“We know that when students miss just as few as four days of school, we’ve done research on that, it has had an academic impact on students. Just four days,” said Blomstedt.
This website has answers to questions, as well as free clinic information across the state.
“It provides us the opportunity to provide the best information in one area of the state and make sure that it is transmitted to another,” said Blomstedt.
Over the last 21 months, we have seen changes to how the coronavirus impacts us all.
“The data out of China did not initially include very many pediatric cases, and so the thought was that COVID was not going to impact kids, and we are a pretty young population in the U.S. and then Delta came and really showed us that kids get COVID just like adults,” said Dr. Sharon Stoolman with Children’s Hospital of Omaha.
Even though Children’s Hospital is located in Omaha, they serve children from all over the state and beyond. Doctors say since May, they have treated 80 patients with COVID complications like MISC.
“If you look at the children who have been vaccinated, we to my knowledge have only had one child who was observed for heart inflammation which rapidly resolved and was essentially treated with ibuprofen or a similar medication. As opposed to our MISC patients, many of whom required ICU, many of whom required blood pressure support, many of whom required a ventilator. We had a child who required ECMO which is like a heart-lung bypass. So much more significant disease, and that’s separate from our COVID patients who have been in the ICU and on the floor,” said Alice Sato, M.D., Ph.D., Hospital Epidemiologist Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.
Information can be found here in various languages. There is a plan to expand the website, so parents can ask questions directly online.