Should Kids Get a COVID-19 Vaccine? with Pediatrician Dr. Elisa Song - Dr. Mark Hyman

Should Kids Get a COVID-19 Vaccine? with Pediatrician Dr. Elisa Song



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COVID-19 has challenged us like never before. The past year has been full of uncertainties and we continue to face decisions around vaccines, a changing social landscape, and how to protect our families and maintain our quality of life. 

The best we can do is stay informed on the constantly evolving research and take into account our family’s unique needs. Parents of young children have the added responsibility of making decisions for them, with limited data. No one can tell you what the right choice is when it comes to getting your child vaccinated, but Dhru and I would like to support you by offering a conversation about what we know and what we still need to find out. Dhru sits down with Dr. Elisa Song to hash out what can be a pretty overwhelming topic into digestible information to help you feel empowered.

Dr. Song is an integrative pediatrician, pediatric Functional Medicine expert, and mama. In her integrative pediatric practice, Whole Family Wellness, she’s helped 1,000s of kids get to the root causes of their health concerns and helped their parents understand how to help their children thrive in body, mind, and spirit by integrating conventional pediatrics with Functional Medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and essential oils. 

Dr. Song created Healthy Kids Happy Kids, an online holistic pediatric resource to help practitioners and parents bridge the gap between conventional and integrative pediatrics with an evidence-based, pediatrician-backed approach.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • Dr. Song and her family’s experience of being infected with COVID (9:57) 
  • Confirmation bias and COVID recommendations (12:49) 
  • Pregnant women and COVID-19 vaccine safety (16:31) 
  • What the FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the vaccines means (20:08) 
  • Helping our kids build immune resilience (36:54)
  • What role children really play in herd immunity (45:33) 
  • Is COVID-19 vaccination in previously infected individuals necessary? (47:45)
  • Why there is so much pressure to vaccinate children right now (52:47) 
  • What you can do to mitigate any inflammatory response after getting the vaccine (1:10:11) 
  • Natural immunity if you’ve previously been infected from COVID (1:25:47) 
  • Antibody testing to determine if you’ve previously been infected with COVID (1:30:08)

For more on Dr. Elisa Song you can follow her on Instagram @healthykids_happykids, on Facebook @DrElisaSongMD, and through her website

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Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD


Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD is the Founder and Director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine, and a 13-time New York Times Bestselling author.

If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.


If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.

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