The CDC has published two studies showing the vaccine’s safety for ages 5-11 and highlights the importance of vaccinating children against coronavirus to prevent severe disease and morbidity. institute.
In the first study, researchers found that children who received the Pfizer vaccine rarely had serious problems (i.e., a high level of vaccine safety).
In the second study, researchers looked at hundreds of hospital admissions and found that nearly all children with severe COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated.
“This study demonstrates that children who are not fully immunized are more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 because of severe illness, and this reinforces the importance of vaccinating all children.” children if eligible for the purpose of protecting children and protecting those who are not eligible for immunization.”
Nearly 9 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been given to ages 5-11 in the US to date. In mid-December, the CDC said it had received very few reports of serious problems.
CDC researchers evaluated reports received from doctors and the general public, including survey responses from parents and guardians of approximately 43,000 children aged 5-11. Many children have mild conditions such as injection site pain, fatigue or headache, especially after the second dose.
Of the more than 4,100 adverse event reports received in November and December, 100 reported serious events, the most common of which were fever or vomiting.
CDC has received 11 verified reports of myocarditis, and noted as a rare vaccine side effect, in boys and young men aged 12-29 years. Of those, 7 have recovered and 4 are still recovering at the time of reporting.
The CDC has received reports of two deaths – five-year-old girls and six-year-old girls – but the two had chronic illnesses and “weak health” prior to the injection. The agency says there is no data to suggest a “causal link between mortality and vaccination.”
The CDC also received several reports that children 5-11 years of age received the adult and adult doses of the vaccine. Most reports say that the child did not have any problems after taking the incorrect dose.
In another study of pediatric hospital admissions, CDC researchers looked at more than 700 children under age 18 who were hospitalized with COVID-19 in July and August at six children’s hospitals in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas and Washington, DC.
The researchers found that only one out of 272 patients aged 12 to 17 had been fully vaccinated, and 12 had been vaccinated but had not had enough shots.
In addition, about two-thirds of hospitalized children between the ages of 12 and 17 have an underlying medical condition, the most common of which is obesity. About a third of children under the age of 5 have more than one viral infection.
Overall, about 30% of children require treatment in the intensive care unit and 15% require mechanical ventilation (ventilator..), Nearly 3% have multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, which is a rare but serious inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19.
Of all children hospitalized with COVID-19, about 1.5% die.
“Given the fact that so few fully vaccinated patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, the importance of immunization for children 5 years of age and older and other prevention strategies to protect children is highlighted. children and adolescents recovering from COVID-19, especially those with underlying medical conditions.
CDC: “COVID-19 Vaccine Safety in Children Aged 5-11 Years – United States, November 3-December 19, 2021.” “Characteristics and Clinical Outcomes of Children and Adolescents Aged <18 Years Hospitalized with COVID-19 – Six Hospitals, United States, July-August 2021.”
The New York Times: “Covid vaccines rarely lead to problems in younger children, according to two CDC reports.”
Translated by: Kimluan
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