You may find it difficult to sort through all of the information you’ve heard as you consider getting your children vaccinated against COVID-19.
Benefits vs. side effects. Children are at danger from COVID. On social media, there are rumours, rumours, and more rumours.
It’s also difficult to tell the difference between facts and lies. With children aged 12 and up eligible for the vaccine and approval set to be extended to younger children in the near future, parents may have legitimate worries as they assess their options.
“Ultimately, parents want to do what is best for their child, and there is reasonable fear of causing them harm,” said Elizabeth Lloyd, M.D., a paediatric infectious disease expert at University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
“We recognise that there is a lot of misinformation out there, and we want to assist families in answering any questions that may make them hesitant to vaccinate their children against COVID. We recommend parents to speak with their child’s paediatrician about their concerns.”
Lloyd answers frequently asked questions about the COVID vaccine and children in this video.
Concern: Will my teen’s heart be affected by the COVID-19 vaccine?
Truth: It will have no influence on the hearts of more than 99 percent of children. However, health officials are keeping an eye on a very uncommon case of myocarditis, or heart inflammation, following the immunisation. The symptoms of this hypothesised immunological reaction are usually modest, can be managed with ibuprofen, and go away in a few days.
However, Lloyd points out that infection with COVID itself poses a bigger risk of myocarditis than the vaccine.
“The risk of heart inflammation following immunisation is quite low, and the symptoms are usually transient.” However, if you’re concerned about this danger, keep in mind that COVID-19 infection …