Latest American Academy of Pediatrics News

'Strong' start to kids vaccine campaign, but challenges loom

Nov. 10, 2021 16:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The campaign to vaccinate elementary school age children in the U.S. is off to a strong start, health officials said Wednesday, but experts say there are signs that it will be difficult to sustain the initial momentum. About 900,000 kids aged 5 to 11...

Pediatrician: Keep mask mandates in Mississippi schools

Oct. 02, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The leader of a Mississippi pediatricians' organization is urging school districts to keep mask mandates in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. "Many school boards in Mississippi are removing mask requirements," Dr. Anita Henderson of...

The Latest: 2nd hospital in Alaska begins rationing care

Sep. 29, 2021 21:10 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A second hospital in Alaska is beginning to ration health care as the state deals with a spike in coronavirus cases. Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. in Bethel announced the move Wednesday as it reported it is operating at capacity. ...

Pediatricians group warns of COVID-19 spread among children

Sep. 29, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The rise of the delta variant and beginning of the school year have dramatically increased the risks children face during the coronavirus pandemic, a group of pediatricians said in court documents submitted in the federal lawsuit against Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. ...

State highlights parents' mask claims in effort to end order

Sep. 20, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The lawyer representing Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds in a federal lawsuit over mandatory mask use in schools has asked the judge to allow a temporary order that has allowed schools to implement mask mandates to expire next week, citing testimonials from mothers of...

School vaccine campaigns targeting students face blowback

Sep. 14, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

Fearing his parents wouldn’t approve of his decision to get a COVID-19 vaccine but needing their signature, Andrew signed up for the appointment in secret, and then sprang it on them at the last minute. They said no. Andrew cursed at his mother and father and called...

Judge temporary order allows Iowa schools to mandate masks

Sep. 13, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered the state of Iowa to immediately halt enforcement of a law that prevents school boards from ordering masks to be worn to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Judge Robert Pratt said in an order signed Monday that...