Morbidity data from Corona in the country continue to be low, but they are gradually rising and every day we are informed of dozens of other cases. Already yesterday (26.6) 113 new verified were located.
When at the moment there are general recommendations from the Ministry of Health calling for vaccination against corona in children from the age of 12, many parents are debating whether this is indeed the right thing to do. The considerations in favor include protection against unnecessary morbidity, and on the other hand there is a fear of a vaccine that has not yet accumulated enough mileage, and has already caused several cases of myocarditis, especially among boys who received the second dose of the vaccine.
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Hila, a mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, recounts the dilemma: “When the adult vaccination campaign came out, it was clear to most of us that this was the right thing to do. However, when it comes to children the situation is much less clear. Every parent wants to protect his children from disease. “Enough information about the necessity and safety of the vaccine for teenagers, it is very difficult to make a decision. On the one hand I know that corona is usually not dangerous to children, and on the other hand I hear that the Ministry of Health does recommend vaccination – so what do we do?”
Dr. Doron Dushnitzky, a pediatrician from the medical division of Leumit Health Services and a member of the Mada’at organization, receives many inquiries from concerned parents, who ask him if he would vaccinate his children.
And what do you answer them?
“Yes – it is important to get vaccinated. Especially in light of the fact that the longer the infection process continues, statistically we may see more serious cases, and it is better to prevent it.”
“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control concludes that vaccinated teens avoid complications, including possible long-term complications from the virus, to an extent that significantly exceeds the risk of myocarditis due to the vaccine.”
Prof. Ran Blitzer
The Cabinet of Experts and the Ministry of Health are calling on parents to vaccinate young people
Prof. Ran Blitzer, head of the innovation department at Clalit and head of the national expert cabinet for Corona, talks about the conclusions that emerged from the expert cabinet advising the Ministry of Health headed by him. “Our conclusions are that the vaccination of adolescents should be encouraged from the age of 12. The decisions were made in light of information accumulated both in Israel and in the United States – where we vaccinated over one million adolescents aged 15-12.”
Regarding the fear of myocarditis, Prof. Blitzer points out that this is an uncommon risk, and according to the available information, this is a side effect that can occur with a probability of 1: 10,000 cases. He also clarifies that the vast majority of cases suffering from inflammation were mild, and the risk of permanent damage to heart function is extremely rare.
Prof Blitzer notes that vaccinators greatly reduce the risk of disease complications: “The conclusion of the American Centers for Disease Control is that vaccinated teens avoid complications, including long-term possible complications from the virus, to an extent that significantly exceeds the risk of myocarditis due to the vaccine. In view of the now increasing risk of contracting Corona in Israel, and the expectation of continued life in the constant presence of the disease, the Israeli Ministry of Health, as well as theThe American CDC, because in balancing all the considerations, it is recommended that young people be vaccinated. The expert cabinet supports this position and calls for the vaccination of young people, while informing parents about all the data, including information on the benefit and importance, along with detailed data about side effects. “
What about parents who are still undecided?
“In any hesitation, you can contact the pediatrician or family doctor for further advice and explanation.”
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“Ultimately, every parent should calculate the risk against the benefit and decide what is more important to him. The vaccine is especially important for children whose parents are afraid of a disease whose future consequences are unknown, and also for children who are about to fly.”
Prof. Cyril Cohen
“Every parent should calculate the risk against the benefit, and ultimately decide what is more important to him or her.”
Prof. Cyril Cohen, head of the immunotherapy laboratory at Bar Ilan University, reinforces this, but clarifies that the decision is ultimately the parents’. “I understand the parents who are undecided about vaccinating their children, and those who want more data. I think ultimately every parent should weigh the risk against the benefit and decide what is more important to him. The vaccine is especially important for children whose parents fear a disease whose future consequences are unknown. And also for children who are about to fly, especially if it is in countries where the morbidity rates are high. Data on possible side effects, including relatively rare ones. “
“The recommendation to be vaccinated dynamically and is given according to the situation on the ground”
Prof. Yehuda Adler, an expert in internal cardiology and medical director, admits that even professionals sometimes swing between the recommendations given to parents. “Honestly – I changed my mind several times. At first, when the corona was at its peak, I thought a pediatric vaccine was necessary. Then, when we got to a state of a certain herd vaccine, I advised parents to wait. Seriously – I definitely recommend getting vaccinated. Bottom line, the recommendation to get vaccinated is dynamic and given depending on the situation on the ground. I think that’s the right thing to do. ”
What about the fear of myocarditis, can you understand parents who are afraid to get vaccinated because of this risk?
“I understand the apprehension, but if I had children at that age I would have stored them without hesitation. It should be remembered that the corona virus itself can cause similar problems in the heart, and when it comes to a minor risk involving vaccination versus its many benefits – I prefer to look at the benefit.”
In conclusion, if you are undecided whether to vaccinate the children or not, you should consider the total considerations.
“I understand the fear of myocarditis, but if I had had children at that age I would have stored them without hesitation. It should be remembered that the corona virus itself can also cause similar problems in the heart.”
Prof. Yehuda Adler
The vaccine is recommended by experts: After a discussion on the subject – the Ministry of Health and the team of cabinet experts recommend vaccinating teenagers from the age of 12.
Future implications: It is not known what the consequences of coronary heart disease will be in the future. Other childhood diseases such as measles, for example, are known to cause neurological symptoms in the future.
International flights: Vaccinate should be considered especially when considering flying with children to destinations with significant morbidity rates.
Do not vaccinate
The risk of myocarditis: An alarming side effect that can occur due to the vaccine especially in boys is relatively rare – 1: 10,000 vaccinated, but it still exists and it is important to understand and be aware of it.
The corona is not yet dangerous for children: In most cases, children infected with corona will not suffer from severe symptoms, or will not suffer from them at all. And yet, most cases are not all cases.