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The COVID-19 pandemic is an ever changing landscape of information and practice updates, with many aspects still unknown. COVID-19 rates remain high as vaccination rates vary throughout the country and the Delta variant continues to take hold. Pediatric patients, many of whom are still unvaccinated, are not exempt to the adverse effects of SARS-CoV-2 viral infection. In this talk we will discuss the SARS-CoV-2 virus, status of Washington State within the pandemic, COVID-19 in children, Emergency Use Authorization and FDA Approved COVID-19 vaccines available to children, COVID-19 handling of vaccines, and the CDC recommendations for COVID-19 pediatric vaccination.

Dr. Krystal Plonski, ND, LAc, FABNP is a licensed and board certified Pediatric Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist in Seattle, WA. Dr. Krystal’s philosophy of medicine is to integrate conventional treatments with Eastern and Western therapeutics safely. The foundation of her therapeutic approach is deeply rooted in following conventional standards of care as well as evidence-based integrative medicine therapeutics.
Dr. Krystal Plonski, ND, LAc, FABNP graduated from the Naturopathic Medicine program and the Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program from Bastyr University in 2014. Following graduation, she completed a 2 year accredited CNME Naturopathic pediatric residency with Dr. Candace Aasan, ND at Cascade Natural Medicine in Kirkland, WA. She has also worked in a private group practice providing Naturopathic pediatric primary care and has served as an adjunctive teacher for the pediatric proctoring exams at Bastyr University. She is certified in Shonishin acupuncture, a type of pediatric non-insertive acupuncture, and is currently implementing this skillset at Seattle Children’s Hospital Pain Medicine Department as a pediatric inpatient pain acupuncturist. She has recently passed the national Naturopathic Pediatric Board Exam, earning the title Fellow to the American Board of Naturopathic Pediatrics (FABNP).
Dr. Krystal is an active member of the Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Washington East Asian Medical Association, and is a long-standing member and current Vice President of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP), where she created the Advocacy Committee during her first term. When she is not practicing medicine, Dr. Krystal enjoys spending time with her husband, two young sons, and family dog in the outdoors, as well as listening to Polish Disco music on a run.
*Certified by the WANP for 1 Category 1 continuing education credit (including 1 Pharmacology credit) for Washington NDs*
(Originally presented October 17, 2021)