Arizona PBS

Local Pediatrician Shares Vaccination Advice for Parents of Kids Ages 5-11

COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 recently opened up, and that authorization opened up a variety of questions that parents have about getting their kids vaccinated. Arizona PBS spoke with local pediatrician, Gary Kirkilas, DO, about what parents need to know regarding the vaccine and how best to prepare their kids for getting the shot.

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