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ND SD American Academy of Pediatrics Letter In Support of Pediatric COVID Vaccination

Nov 08, 2021 01:14PM ● By Med Magazine

Since the start of the pandemic, scientists and physicians have made extraordinary progress in both the mitigation and treatment of COVID-19. Through these efforts, we now have the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine for all children ages 5 and older.  

Over six million children have contracted COVID-19 including more than 56,000 in North and South Dakota. Additionally, there have been over 700 COVID-19 related pediatric deaths in the United States. Children are susceptible to infection and can transmit the virus as efficiently as adults. Even more worrisome, children suffer from post-COVID-19 complications such as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) and “long”-COVID-19. 

This pandemic has worsened children’s physical and mental health. It has negatively impacted our kids’ education, causing some to fall behind in reading and math. Although layers of protection such as masking, distancing, testing, and improved ventilation have helped to limit the spread, at the end of the day, our school-age kids are still disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and the strongest protection they can now receive is the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The COVID-19 vaccine offers our children the opportunity to return to a more normal life. Being vaccinated means less testing and not having to quarantine from sports and school after exposure. It has the added benefit of protecting other at-risk members of our communities. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe for children. This vaccine has undergone rigorous testing and in-depth studies to ensure safety and effective protection against COVID-19 infection. The vaccine is very good at preventing COVID-19 infections, excellent at preventing severe COVID-19 disease, and outstanding at preventing COVID-19 deaths. To us, even one child dying from a vaccine-preventable illness such as COVID-19 is one too many.

As pediatricians, family medicine physicians and medical providers caring for the families of North and South Dakota, we strongly urge parents to vaccinate your children. We are here to work with you and encourage you to call, message, and reach out. We want to answer questions and be your source of trusted information. 

North Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

South Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

North Dakota Medical Association 

North Dakota Immunization Coalition 

North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

South Dakota State Medical Association

Immunize South Dakota

Avera Health

Monument Health

Sanford Health

Aaron Zylstra, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Adam Gorra, MD, Pediatric Surgery (Sioux Falls, SD)

Alex Thompson, MD, Pediatric Cardiology (Fargo, ND)

Amanda Dahl, MD, Pediatric Endocrinology (Fargo, ND)

Amber Johnson, FNP-BC, Family Medicine (Madison, SD)

Amiee Koenig, MD, Pediatric Hospital Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Amy Cook, MD, Family Medicine (Brookings, SD)

Amy Oksa, MD, Pediatrics (Dickinson, ND)

Anastasia Searcy, DO, Family Medicine (Vermillion, SD)

Andrea Seurer, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Andy Gasparini, MD, Family Medicine (Grand Forks, ND)

Angela Dornacker Eggl, MD, Family Medicine (Bismarck, ND)

Ashley Benson, DNP, Pediatric Gastroenterology (Fargo, ND)

Ashley Sandeen, DO, Pediatric Critical Care (Sioux Falls, SD)

Avish Nagpal, MD, Infectious Disease (Fargo, ND)

Baiba Steinbrekera, MD, Neonatology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Becky Vande Kop, MD, Family Medicine (Brookings, SD)

Benson Hsu, MD, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Bethany Kaemingk, MD, Neonatology (Fargo, ND)

Bethany Zeigler, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Biron Baker, MD, Family Medicine (Bismarck, ND)

Bonnie Kvistad, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Bradley Palmer, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Bradly Skari, MD, Family Medicine (Jamestown, ND)

Brenda Thurlow, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Brianna Murphy, DO, Pediatric Hematology Oncology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Brock Doubledee, DO, Pediatric Gastroenterology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Calsey Mischel, MD, Pediatric Critical Care (Fargo, ND)

Carla Zacher, MD, Pediatrics (Bismarck, ND)

Carolyn Gilbertson, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Carolyn Kippes, MD, Developmental Behavioral Peds (Sioux Falls, SD)

Carrie Ann Ranum, MD, Pediatrics (Hettinger, ND)

Carrie Brower-Breitwieser, Ph.D., Pediatric Psychology (Fargo, ND)

Charlene Card, MD, Family Medicine (Fargo ND)

Cheryl Hairgrove, PA-C, Family Medicine (Webster SD)

Chris Tiongson, MD, Pediatric Hospital Medicine (Fargo, ND)

Christopher Failing, MD, Pediatric Rheumatology (Fargo, ND)

Christiane Maroun, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Christina DaSilva, DO, Pediatrics (Bismarck, ND)

Chuanpit Moser, MD, Pediatric Pulmonary (Sioux Falls, SD)

Clifford Mauriello, MD, Pediatric Infectious Disease (Fargo, ND)

Connie Taylor, MD, Pediatric Neurology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Craig Crismon, MD, Pediatrics (Watertown, SD)

Danae J. Lund, Ph.D., Pediatric Psychology (Fargo, ND)

Daniel Mark, MD, Pediatric Palliative Care (Sioux Falls, SD)

David A Basel, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

David Newman, MD, Endocrinology (Fargo, ND)

David Starks, MD, Gynecologic Oncology (Sioux Falls, SD)

David Withrow, MD, Pediatrics (Yankton, SD)

Deb Hickman, CNP, Pediatric Pulmonary (Sioux Falls, SD)

Diane Kjelstrup, MD, Child Psychiatry (Fargo, ND)

Doug DeHaan, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Elinor Bunde, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Elizabeth Bauer, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Elizabeth Gravley, MD, Family Medicine (Webster, SD)

Elizabeth Gray, MD, Family Medicine (Grand Forks, ND)

Elizabeth Osowski, CPNP, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Elizabeth Peck, MD, Pediatric Hospital Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Emily Abele, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Brookings, SD)

Ender Raghib, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Eric Mittelstaedt, MD, Pediatric Cardiology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Erica Sauer, MDPediatric Hospital Medicine (Fargo, ND)

Evan Rogler, MD, Pediatrics (Bismarck, ND)

Gokhan Olgun, MD, Pediatric Critical Care (Sioux Falls, SD)

Grant Syverson, MD, Pediatric Rheumatology (Fargo, ND)

Gulsah Olgun, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Hillary Turner, CNP, Palliative Care (Sioux Falls, SD)

Isum Ward, MD, Pediatric Genetics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Jacquelyn Grev, MD, Neonatology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Jagila Minso, MD, Pediatric Critical Care (Fargo, ND)

Jenifer Jones-Dees, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Jennifer Haggar, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Jennifer Hsu, MD, Infectious Diseases (Sioux Falls, SD)

Jennifer Klein, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Jennifer Mullally, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Jennifer Peterson, MD, Pediatrics (Grand Forks, ND)

Jennifer Reed, MD, Pediatric Hospital Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Jennifer Reitsma, CPNP, Pediatric Surgery (Sioux Falls, SD)

Jennifer Schriever, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Jeremy Cauwels, MD, Hospital Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Jess Belling, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Jill Olson, MD, Family Medicine (Bemidji, MN)

Joan Connell, MD, Pediatrics (Bismarck, ND)

Jody Huber, MD, Pediatric Critical Care (Sioux Falls, SD)

Joey Rexine, MD, Pediatric Critical Care (Fargo, ND)

Jonathon Bannwarth, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Joseph Vogel, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Josh Crabtree, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Julie Johnson, MD, Pediatric Rehabilitation (Sioux Falls, SD)

Julie Kenien, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Julie Mayo, MD, Pediatric Hospital Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Justin Horner, MD, Pediatric Cardiology (Fargo, ND)

Justin Kastl, MD, Pediatric Nephrology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Kami Lucht, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Kara Bruning, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Karen Hanisch, CNP, Pediatric Endocrinology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Kari Hultgren, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Katherine Wang, MD, Neonatology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Kathryn Anderson, MD, Neonatology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Kathy Anderson, MD, Pediatrics (Bismarck, ND)

Kathy Geraets, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Katie Larson, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Kaye Wagner, MD, Pediatric Hematology Oncology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Kayli Reece, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Keith Millette, MD, Family Medicine (Grand Forks, ND)

Keri Orstad, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Kjerstin Purintun, CNP, Pediatric Urology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Koye Oyerinde, MD, Pediatrics (Minot, ND)

Kristina Rauser-Foltz, MD, Pediatric Cardiology (Fargo, ND)

Kurt Eeg, MD, Pediatric Urology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Kurt Griffin, MD, Pediatric Endocrinology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Lara Lunde, MD, Family Medicine (Fargo, ND)

Laura Davis-Keppen, MD, Pediatric Genetics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Laura Hoefert, MD, Family Medicine (Madison, SD)

Laura Whittington, DO, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Laurel Jennings, MD, Family Medicine (Madison, SD)

Laurie Hogden, MD, Neonatology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Lawrence Fenton, MD, Pediatric Palliative Care (Sioux Falls, SD)

Leah Mergen, PA-C, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Leah Prestbo, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Lesta Whalen, MD, Pediatric Critical Care (Sioux Falls, SD)

Lily Gullickson, CNP, Pediatric Infectious Disease (Sioux Falls, SD)

Linne Curtis-Bayt, MD, Pediatrics (Brandon, SD)

Lisa Jorgenson, CNP, Neonatology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Lola Pollard, PA-C, Family Medicine (Sioux Fall, SD)

Lori Sondrol, MD, Pediatrics (Grand Forks, ND)

Luis Garcia, MD, Surgery (Sioux Falls, SD)

Lynelle Noisy Hawk, MD, Family Medicine (Fort Yates, ND)

Ma Reyna Dominique Cristobal Jiao, MD, Pediatric Critical Care (Fargo, ND)

Mandi Johnson, MD, Family Medicine (Grand Forks, ND)

Maria M. Barber, DO, Neonatology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Mark Beard, MD, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Mark Huntington, MD, Family Practice (Sioux Falls, SD)

Marty Allison, MD, Pediatrics (Pierre, SD)

Mary Beecher, MD, Family Medicine (Madison, SD)

Matt Bien, MD, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Brookings, SD)

Melissa Horner, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Melissa Jensen, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Michael Elliott, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Michael Leonard PA-C, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Michael Powell, MD, Family Medicine (Canton, SD)

Michael Questell, DO, Family Medicine (Rolla, ND)

Michelle Baack, MD, Neonatology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Michelle McElroy, MD, Family Medicine (Brandon, SD)

Michelle Schimelpfenig, DO, Pediatrics, (Sioux Falls, SD)

Michelle Van Beek, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Mir Ali, MD, Pediatric Critical Care (Sioux Falls, SD)

Molly Linn, DO, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Myra Quanrud, MD, Pediatrics (Jamestown, ND)

Natalie Dvorak, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Natasha Lopez, MD, Neonatology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Nicholas Torbert, DO, Neonatology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Nicole Christenson, MD, Psychiatry (Sioux Falls, SD)

Nofil Arain, MD, Pediatric Cardiology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Pam Koepsell, CPNP, Pediatric Palliative Care (Sioux Falls, SD)

Pam Stewart, CNP, Family Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)

Parag Kumar, MD, Pediatric Hospital Medicine (Bismarck, ND)

Pastel Fligge, MD, Family Medicine (Watertown, SD)

Patrick Welle, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Patty Laqua, MD, Family Medicine (Fargo, ND)

Paul Carson, MD, Infectious Disease (Fargo, ND)

Paula Jacobsen, CNP, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Rachel Heinze, MD, Pediatric Hospital Medicine (Fargo, ND)

Rafael Ocejo, MD, Neonatology (Bismarck, ND)

Rena Nordeng, MD, Family Medicine (Dickinson, ND)

Renae Gerlach, PA-C, Pediatrics (Mitchell, SD)

Rick A. Kooima, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Robert C. Montgomery, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Rochelle Boote, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Ruth Hernandez, DNP, Family Medicine (Webster, SD)

Ryan Zimmermann, MD, Family Medicine (Dickinson, ND)

Sam L Mortimer, MD, Pediatrics (Rapid City, SD)

Sam Schimelpfenig, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Samantha Perleberg, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Sara Pepper, MD, Pediatrics (Yankton, SD)

Sarah Dorr, CPNP, Pediatric Surgery (Sioux Falls, SD)

Sarah Paur, CPNP, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Scott Keckler, MD, Pediatric Surgery (Sioux Falls, SD)

Scott McKercher, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Shari Eich, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Shannon Emry, MD, Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Shawna Baker, MD, Family Medicine (Dickinson, ND)

Shelby Bucholz, MD, Family Medicine (Fargo, ND)

Sreejith Gopi, MD, Family Medicine (Fargo, ND)

Stefanie Hanisch, MD, Child Psychiatry (Fargo, ND)

Stephanie Antony, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Stephanie Foughty, MD, Family Medicine (Devils Lake, ND)

Stephanie Hanson, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Stephen McDonough, MD, Pediatrics (Bismarck, ND)

Stephen Nelson, MD, Neonatology (Fargo, ND)

Stephen Tinguely, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Susan Hoover, MD, Infectious Disease (Sioux Falls, SD)

Suzanne Reuter, MD, Neonatology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Tanya Truckenmiller, PA-C, Infectious Disease (Sioux Falls, SD)

Tara Mertz-Hack, MD, Family Medicine (Oakes, ND)

Theresa Stamato, MD, Pediatric Cardiology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Tim Ridgway, MD, Dean of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

Tonya Adamiak, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterology (Sioux Falls, SD)

Tracie Newman, MD, Pediatrics (Fargo, ND)

Wendy Vetter, MD, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Sioux Falls, SD)

Vanessa Nelson, MD, Pediatrics (Bismarck, ND)

Vishnu Kanala, MD, Pediatric Hospital Medicine (Sioux Falls, SD)