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What parents need to know about COVID and monkeypox vaccines as they prepare to send their kids back to school

Today, in our ‘Ask the Doctor’ episode, medical and infectious disease experts provide answers on everything from new variants to who should get booster shots and when. Plus, how will COVID and monkeypox vaccines affect back-to-school check-ups for children?


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With the pandemic still being a part of everyone’s reality after two-and-a-half years, the following questions remain:

Globally, what is going on with COVID?

Nationally, where are we on COVID?

Locally, are we at our peak infection rate, or are the numbers still growing?

And now that monkeypox is on the rise, how worried should we be about that?

The good news is that as more information becomes available, the better we are at fighting these unwanted infectious agents.

Recently, what we’ve learned is that the CDC has endorsed Novavax, a more traditional COVID vaccine for adults. However, experts say our COVID protection outside isn't what it was in 2020, so we still need to think more critically about outdoor gatherings.

Also, when it comes to scheduling your child’s back-to-school physicals and appointments, medical experts advise on how to make sure they are up to date on routine vaccines and how added protection can help their immune system.


Dr. Peter Hotez, MD, PhD

  • Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Co-Director, Texas Children's Hospital for Vaccine Development

Dr. Sandra McKay

  • Pediatrician, UT Health Houston and UT Physicians

Dr. Catherine Troisi

  • Associate Professor, Divisions of Management, Policy, and Community Health and Epidemiology at UTHealth School of Public Health

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