Covid-19 vaccine for children: experts debunk top myths | The health – After world

Covid-19 vaccination for adolescents in the 15 to 18 age group began on January 3 and according to the government over 3.5 million children have already received their first dose. Children in the 12 to 14 age group can also receive the Covid vaccinations from March. While many parents seem to be reaching out to have their child pierced, some are concerned for fear of side effects.

However, experts believe that the side effects of the Covid vaccine for children would not be very different from those of adults and that vaccination can save them from hospitalization, multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) and death.

Here are some top myths busted by experts:

Myth 1: The Covid vaccine is not safe for children

Fact: “The vaccine is safe, effective and approved for use in children. The vaccine has been reviewed and found safe for children. There is no reason for parents to skip the vaccine when it comes to their children. Just because the vaccine for children has been developed quickly does not mean that it is any less effective. Remember that no steps were skipped, all protocols were followed and after the successful trials the vaccines are now being used. Also, the vaccine will not alter the child’s DNA. These are rumors and should not be spread by anyone. Don’t be afraid of the side effects either, as they are minimal. A child may develop fever, pain, swelling at the injection site, and body aches. These side effects should not occur. It doesn’t bother you as they go away within a day or two,” says Dr. Jagdish Kathwate, Consultant Neonatologist and Paediatrician, Motherhood Hospital Kharadi Pune.

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Myth 2: It is safer for my child to develop immunity from contracting Covid-19 than from vaccination.

Fact: “Vaccinating children against Covid-19 is the most effective strategy to protect them. No one should intentionally expose themselves or others to Covid-19. The risk of Covid-19 infection in children is comparable to that of adults. Covid-19 can leave children unwell for many days, causing them to miss school and other opportunities to learn and play with others. In children who are unvaccinated and contracting Covid-19 become infected, long-term side effects can occur, including hospitalization, multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), and death,” says Dr. Amit Gupta, Senior Consultant Pediatrician and Neonatologist, Motherhood Hospital, Noida.

Myth 3: The Covid vaccine may affect my child’s fertility in the future

Fact: “Well, that’s not true at all! First, there is no link between the Covid vaccine and fertility. The vaccine will not affect fertility at all. There is currently no evidence that he will make it difficult for a girl to conceive in the future. There are no studies confirming that Covid affects puberty. If parents have any doubts, they should have them clarified by an expert. In fact, children should be encouraged to get vaccinated and lead healthy lives,” says Kathwate.

Myth 4: The Covid-19 vaccine will affect my child’s heart and alter their DNA

Fact: “The vaccine will not affect your child’s heart. There is no data or clinical evidence to prove this. Not the vaccine, but the Covid-19 infection can take a toll on your child’s heart. Vaccination protects the child from the morbidities associated with Covid-19,” says Dr. Badshah Khan, Pediatrician, Wockhardt Hospital Mira Road.

Myth 5: Covid-19 does no major harm to children, so vaccination is not worth the risk.

Fact: “For children, the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine outweigh the known and potential dangers. Covid-19 can be prevented by vaccination. If your child gets Covid-19, it can also protect them from serious illness, hospitalization and long-term consequences,” says Dr. gupta

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