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COVID Vaccines Are Safe For Kids

Posted by S. Kit on
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect communities worldwide, the development and distribution of effective vaccines has been a crucial step towards controlling the spread of the virus. Among these vaccines is the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, which has now been shown to be safe and effective in reducing the risk of infection among school-aged children.

Recent data from a study conducted by researches at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center analyzed the rates of infection, symptom, severity, and vaccine side effects among 10,935,541 vaccinated children aged 5 to 11 years compared to 2,635,251 unvaccinated children.


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The results of the study indicate that vaccinated children had lower rates of infection and less severe symptoms if they did become infected with the virus. Additionally, the study found that severe reactions to the vaccine were rare and any local injection irritation went away after several days.

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The study's authors, Dr. Jun Yasuhara of the Center for Cardiovascular Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Dr. Toshiki Kuno of the Division of Cardiology at Montefiore Medical Center, emphasized the importance of these findings, stating that they "support the safety and efficacy of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 5-11."

While the study did find a small increase in risk for children to develop inflammation of the heart (myocarditis) after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, the authors note that this risk is still far lower than the risk of developing myocarditis or multisystem inflammatory syndrome after becoming infected with the virus. Furthermore, they emphasize that the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 is far higher than the risk of any adverse reactions to the vaccine.


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Despite the clear benefits of vaccination, many children and adolescents are still not receiving the vaccine. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that overall vaccination coverage among children and adolescents aged 5 to 17 years old was low, and that there were significant racial disparities in vaccination status.

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One possible reason for this disparity is vaccine hesitancy among parents and caregivers. Dr. Angela Myers of the Infectious Disease Division Director at Children's Mercy Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri, notes that many parents may have misconceptions about the effectiveness of the vaccine or may have concerns about potential side effects.

She emphasizes the importance of seeking accurate and up-to-date information from pediatricians and primary care clinicians, who are the most trusted source of information for parents making vaccine decisions.


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In summary, the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in reducing the risk of infection and severe illness among school-aged children.

It is crucial that parents and caregivers understand the importance of vaccination and make informed decisions based on accurate and up-to-date information provided by pediatricians and other medical professionals. The ongoing efforts to increase vaccination coverage among children and adolescents will play a vital role in controlling the spread of the virus and protecting communities worldwide.

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