Dr Kash Korner

On May 12,the AAP along with the prestigious Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the CDC made the recommendation.  It also supports giving  any vaccines simultaneously that the child is lagging on because of the pandemic.  There is no difference between the immune response and side effects of the vaccines whether given at a different time or together.  

The vaccine is safe and effective.  It will protect children when they fully take part in all of their activities, school, sports, socializing with friends and family, all so important to their health and development.  A significant number of youth have developed depression and or anxiety as a result of not participating in usual activities.

 

Almost 4 million children have been infected since the beginning of the pandemic. Most do not get severely ill from COVID-19.  Although, more than 16,000 have been hospitalized and hundreds have died, making it one of the top 10 causes of death in children since the pandemic began.  A small number of teens and young adults  have developed myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) after vaccination.  It can occur following a variety of infections.  It has not been determined whether the vaccine caused the condition.  It may be entirely unrelated to vaccination.  It is more likely to happen by chance because so many are getting vaccinated now.   Most cases appear to be mild and there is ongoing close follow-up.  Experts emphasized that the rare side effect of myocarditis was insignificant in comparison to the potential risks of COVID including a situation where COVID symptoms may persist for lengthy periods called long COVID.  Acute COVID infection can cause myocarditis.  10-20 of every 100,000 people develop myocarditis every year with symptoms from fatigue and chest pain and irregular heart rhythms.  The number of cases reported after vaccination does not appear to be greater than would normally be seen in young people.  About 4.5 million youth between 12 and 18 years old have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine. 
 

Be sure that  your child has an opportunity to ask the clinician any questions he/she may have just as the parent should.