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

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.

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