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If my child had COVID don’t they have antibodies?

Pediatricians and other experts answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Pediatrician Ilan Shapiro, MD explains why even kids who had COVID-19 need to get vaccinated to be protected.
When we get that COVID-19 virus our body does create antibodies, but we do not know how long it lasts for. To the point that we have seen multiple kids and adults getting sick again and again and again, and the second, the third time, it doesn’t mean that they will get better or more protected. Some of them end up in the hospital. That’s why it’s so important to get the vaccine, because that way we know how long it works for, how much is protecting it, and most importantly, how safe it is.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

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