Childhood Vaccination: Concerns and Relief for Parents

Immunizing children: concerns and relief for parents

MISE & Agrave; DAY

While some parents have concerns about the vaccination of 5 to 11 year olds, others are rather relieved that their children can finally be vaccinated.

< p> Isabelle Reed is one of those who was waiting for this moment to stand firm.

Her 7-year-old boy, Hugo, was affected by COVID-19 and had to be hospitalized at the Sainte-Marie hospital Justine after developing pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a condition that affects one in 2,000 children who contract the coronavirus.

“It finally reached his heart, so he has a little heart condition at the moment,” the mother told TVA Nouvelles.

Ms. Reed is therefore relieved by the start of the vaccination in the children.

“I have already made my appointment for my five-year-old boy,” she said.

The latter also lamented that demonstrations are organizing against the vaccination of children.

Parents, students and staff at Saint-Émile School in Montreal are also convinced of the benefits of vaccinating children after experiencing an outbreak in September.

Arts teacher plastics that contracted COVID-19 and made children take off their masks in class resulted in at least 60 students getting sick.

Batman to the rescue

In Ontario, the regional director of public health has taken great steps to convince children to be vaccinated: he shot an advertisement with the superhero Batman.

Several parents in the country are particularly worried about cases of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, in children.

However, experts insist that the risks are minimal.

“One, myocarditis is still rare; it happens mostly after the second dose. It is, almost in 90% of cases, benign, that is to say that nothing is done and it goes away, ”reassured Dr. Caroline Quach, microbiologist-infectious disease specialist at CHU Sainte-Justine. .

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