Pima County Targets More Antibody Treatment Options For High-Risk COVID Patients Here | Local news
Treatments for youth are available at the Pediatric Emergency Department at Tucson Medical Center, 5301 E. Grant Road, and through the largest local provider of youth antibodies, Arizona Clinical Trials, 1601 N. Swan Road .
Like high-risk adults who seek TMC’s services in its usual emergency department, adolescents should be evaluated by an emergency service provider to see if they are eligible for antibody treatment.
At Arizona Clinical Trials, a teenager’s parent, caregiver, or caregiver can call to see if the young person is eligible.
Things that could make a person of any age at high risk include age, obesity, pregnancy, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, immunosuppressive disease, and cardiovascular or pulmonary disease.
“The majority of our children who get sick do very well,” said Dr. Sonia Reidy, pediatrician and medical director of El Rio Health. “We are just worried about those who are medically fragile because they can potentially get really sick.”
Reidy promotes vaccinations for all of his patients who can get vaccinated, but said antibody therapy is a good secondary way to help protect vulnerable young people.
Dr. Sean Elliott, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, specializes in pediatric infectious diseases. He agrees that the treatments can be very useful for eligible pediatric patients,