The AAP strongly endorses the use of safe and effective infection control measures to protect children and adolescents. COVID-19 vaccination, ventilation, physical distancing, testing and use of a well-fitting face mask are all part of a comprehensive strategy to mitigate risk and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The AAP strongly recommends that all individuals over the age of 5 years receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Additional layered prevention strategies may also be important depending on individual and community level risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has refined its guidance on COVID-19 protection and risk mitigation to include a measure of the impact of COVID-19 on health and health care systems, in addition to measures of community level cases.

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