Despite embracing the new normal, covid is still here. Even though that there is an increase in the number of cases in ages 5-11, some parents are still hesitant to have their children be vaccinated with covid vaccine. The vaccination rate for COVID-19 in kids in the said age group is below average. Only 40% of Canadian children this age had received both vaccinations in their primary series. It amounts to around 45% in Nova Scotia.
Dr. Joanne Langley, director of pediatric infectious diseases at the IWK Health Centre and co-chair of the Canadian COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, tackles some of the misconceptions that fuel this reluctance in this article.
Myth #1: Children don’t need the COVID-19 vaccine because they only experience mild symptoms if infected.
There is no assurance that a youngster will just experience minor symptoms.
According to Dr. Langley, if you have COVID as a youngster, there are two critical times to pay attention to. The acute sickness period is the days right after an infection. While it’s true that a lot of kids could just have moderate symptoms, any kid could nonetheless end up with a more serious condition that has negative consequences.
The second time frame in which children are at risk of developing multi-system inflammatory syndrome is four weeks following infection (MIS-C). The body experiences a more serious inflammatory response as a result. Fever, rashes, red eyes, diarrhea, and vomiting are among the symptoms. Children who have MIS-C, which affects the heart, blood vessels, and other organs, may need immediate medical attention.
Myth #2: The processes to develop and approve COVID-19 vaccines were rushed.
According to Dr. Langley, conventional vaccine development is similar to a relay race. Once animal studies are finished and the data are in, the protocol and phase one studies teams take over. The phase two studies teams are handed the baton once more when their results are received, and so on.
The rolling approach, a type of race where all the operations started at the starting line simultaneously, was used in the creation of the COVID-19 vaccines. Six vaccination platforms were financed under Operation: Warp Speed. You respond to a public health issue in that way since you are unsure of which vaccine will prove to be a safe and effective one during the clinical trial.
Myth #3: One dose of the vaccine is enough protection.
According to Dr. Langley, two doses will provide the maximum protection for your youngster. He also emphasized that a single dose provides some protection, but it is insufficient. They are more vulnerable to both the variations and the older strain.
Children who receive two doses not only benefit from increased protection for themselves, but also for others because they are less likely to spread an infection.
More to this story at https://www.yourdoctors.ca/blog/health-care/kids-vaccines