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While some parents seem hesitant to have their children vaccinated against COVID-19, this tool to curb the pandemic is essential and should be used, according to Dr. Jesse Papenburg, pediatrician infectious disease specialist and microbiologist at the Montreal Children's Hospital.
Mario Dumont spoke with him on his LCN show.
1- Le vaccine is 90% effective in children
“We know that in pediatrics, the burden of disease in children is not the same as in adults in terms of the severity of the disease and hospitalizations. Still, of over 100 child hospitalizations in Canada, one-third needed intensive care. It's not trivial, and it's worth warning. ”
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2- Even less serious infections make life difficult
“There is a loss of ability to go to school with the quarantine, the isolation of contact cases, the risk of transmission. For families themselves, there are direct benefits in preventing infections, even those that are less severe. One in four COVID-19 infections currently in Quebec affects children under the age of 12. ”& Nbsp;
3- No major side effects in children
“So far, all the data are favorable for the safety of the vaccine in 5 to 11 year olds. Among the 3,000 children who received the vaccine in a clinical study, the side effects were less severe than those seen in 16 to 25 year olds. Less fever, less discomfort and less pain at the site of infection. No major side effects have been identified. In the United States, where they have already administered 3 million doses to children, there has been no major side effect signal, which is very reassuring. ”
4- Contracting COVID: a huge risk not to be taken
“As an infectious disease specialist we have seen very sick children in intensive care with multisystem inflammatory syndrome . It is true that these severe outcomes are infrequent, but they are serious enough that it is worth preventing them. It remains an illness, even among less severe cases, which can have significant implications. ”
5- A holiday season with the family
“ Messenger RNA vaccines such as Pfizer's are able to prevent infection, and thus transmission. Even a first dose will already reduce the risk of infection and transmission two weeks after the first dose. Vaccinating young children will allow families to meet intergenerationalally more safely over the holiday season. ”
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