At this stage of the pandemic, traveling by car to a vacation rental home is much safer than flying to a busy hotel and spending the week at a crowded beach and an amusement park.

Q: I want to take a family trip this summer. Is it safe to do so?

A: After more than a year of pandemic life, we are eager to return to some sense of normalcy. For many families, this includes traveling. But for families with young children who aren’t able to get COVID-19 vaccines yet, it’s still complicated.

About the writer: Dr. Gary Kirkilas is a general pediatrician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital who operates a mobile medical unit that travels to homeless shelters and provides free medical care to families. He also is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. For more information, go to, the website for parents from the AAP. Distributed by the Tribune News Service.

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Boogie Gal

Good grief....start living. Enough is enough with government control!

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