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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — On Wednesday afternoon, Ochsner Hospital for Children leaders held a Zoom media briefing to provide an update focused on pediatrics.

In the briefing, hospital leaders encouraged parents of children ages 12 and older to get their children vaccinated before going back to school.

With Louisiana’s new mask mandate and school starting simultaneously the doctors were asked what to expect in the coming weeks.

William “Billy” Lennarz, MD, the System Chair of Pediatrics, Katherine Baumgarten, MD, and Jill West, Ph.D. answered questions from media outlets.

“We do know for sure vaccination protects children from serious illness and masking prevents transmission and becoming affected,” said William Lennarz.