“Next Wednesday the health board will issue advice, I think it’s good to wait and see.” Here’s what pediatrician Patricia Brugging of UMC Utrecht says news hour. She is responding to the news that the House of Representatives wants to see children with increased medical risks from the age of 12 get vaccinated as soon as possible.
The Pfizer vaccine was approved by the EMA last week for use in children between the ages of 12 and 15. Countries such as the United States, Germany and Canada have already indicated that they will begin the vaccination. “The advice of the health councils is not there yet. It seems to me that this is also a decision that should come from the experts, not from the House.”
“Fortunately, few children get sick from the infection,” Bruijning says. “You want to vaccinate at-risk groups, such as children who are overweight – just like adults – as quickly as possible. About 6 to 8 percent of children, for example, receive a yearly flu shot. I would expect the Health Board to advise these types Among the at-risk groups, children are also vaccinated.”
With regard to children who are not in an at-risk group, Bruijning thinks it is wise to wait a few more months. “If you look at Israel, for example, you see that infection rarely occurs in children if adults have it. We have done a little research on vaccinations in children, not enough yet to eliminate the very rare side effects. Wait longer, especially in healthy children. with a lower risk of infection.
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