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SWLA sees largest spike yet in pediatric COVID cases

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 5:26 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Kids are getting the coronavirus more now than ever before in this pandemic, and that’s also true for Southwest Louisiana.

The 5-year-olds to 17-year-olds in the area are seeing the biggest surge yet in Louisiana.

Lake Charles pediatrician Dr. David Wallace says the best way to decrease the number of those cases is with vaccination. He said every person, young or old, eligible to get the shot should.

“The main way we can decrease the number of cases in 5 to 11-year-olds is to have more parents vaccinated and more 12 to 18-year-olds vaccinated,” Dr. Wallace said.

Wallace says social distancing and masking help, but he says the vaccine is key.

“Of course at school, they’re doing masking, and you know doing social distancing within the classroom and that kind of thing, and that does help, but I think that the main driver will be getting the 12 to 18-year-olds vaccinated and more adults vaccinated,” Wallace said.

Remaining optimistic, he said there will come a point in time when these numbers start going down.

“A factor is people who’ve had it have antibodies from it, as well. There becomes a certain level of patients who are vaccinated plus have antibodies, and I’m cautiously optimistic that we’re almost to that point,” Wallace said.

Dr. Wallace is encouraging everyone to reach out to their doctor about the vaccine.

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