Parents are reluctant to give children from the age of 12 the Corona (Covid-19) vaccine, especially after rumors spread about the effect of the vaccine on children’s behavior and future fertility.
On the other hand, parents seek to restore a normal lifestyle with their children, whether it is freedom of movement, travel, and regular study. How can life return without vaccination? Are parents’ fears of giving their children the “Covid-19” vaccine unfounded? Are you looking for a scientific opinion that will convince you to go with your son to his next appointment to get the vaccine? Read also How do you tame your child’s selective appetite for food? So that your child does not become a victim of educational differences .. 6 ways to harmonize between parents الأب Skills and benefits .. Here are these tips to raise your child to love reading How do you explain to your child the meaning of war and the right of the homeland?
Al Jazeera Net contacted Dr. Dina Hassan Kinshasa, a family medicine consultant at the Primary Health Care Corporation in the State of Qatar, to clarify her opinion on this matter, as she is a doctor familiar with the latest studies and sees dozens of people who have received the vaccine daily, hears their opinions and is assured of their health.
The State of Qatar had made the Pfizer-Bio NTech vaccine available to adolescents aged 12-15 years in May 2021, confirming that it was safe for children, leaving the freedom of choice to parents.
Kishkash says that the approval of the “Covid-19” vaccine for adolescents by the manufacturers of these vaccines and by international health institutions means that clinical trials show that this vaccine is safe and effective for children in this age group. Already for children from 12 to 15 years old.
She added that the mothers’ fears may be due to the emotional side and moral responsibility towards their children, their concern for the future, their fear of the unknown, and their distrust of major vaccine manufacturers located in other countries and not any of them in our Arab countries, although this does not negate that scientists do not yet know the side effects of the vaccine. Which can appear after 5 or 10 years, and this also applies to the side effects of “Covid-19” itself in the long run.
Kishkash explained that from a scientific point of view, with a simple arithmetic process, we will find that exposure to HIV infection may result, albeit in small proportions compared to adults, side effects that may harm the lung and memory and may cause death in children, in addition to affecting the mental health of adolescents and children as a result of depriving them of their lives. They used to and loved them, as well as electronic addiction and declining academic levels.
On the other hand, after testing the “Covid-19” vaccine with clinical studies and trials, its side effects are limited and not everyone suffers to the same extent, and the “Covid-19” vaccines from Pfizer and “Moderna” also provide a 95% chance of protection from emerging Symptoms of infection with the virus after the completion of the two doses.
Kishash says that refraining from receiving the “Covid-19” vaccine, at worst, means that you may prefer the possibility of experiencing some confirmed dangerous symptoms of infection with the virus over the symptoms that some fear, unproven and unexpected for the “Covid-19” vaccine, and this is illogical.
In addition, the body gets rid of the vaccine materials after a certain period of time, as it analyzes its contents and gets rid of them, and this is evidence that the vaccine protects the body for a certain period of time, and perhaps people will need to receive an annual dose after that, like other vaccines.
Why should children get the “Covid-19” vaccine?
Anna Sick Samuels, MD, from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and Alison Messina, MD, from the Johns Hopkins Hospital for All Children, in an article for the website write Hopkins medicine , that although “Covid-19” in children usually In milder form than adults, some children can become severely ill and have long-term complications or symptoms that affect their health and well-being.
Another reason to give your child the vaccine is to protect the health of the wider community, as every child or adult infected with the Corona virus may be a source or opportunity for the virus to mutate and create a variant that may be more dangerous or resistant to available vaccines and treatments. Also, the lower number of infections in general in the population means a lower chance of infection with dangerous variants of the Corona virus.
Some schools may require your son to get the “Covid-19” vaccination to return to school, as they always require other vaccinations such as those for diphtheria or whooping cough.
If children and teens are less likely to develop symptoms of COVID-19, why do they need the vaccine?
Dr. Angela Dangfu, a pediatrician in the Primary Care Network at Hospital. Chocchildren Although it’s rare for children to develop serious side effects from COVID-19, children 12 and older need care at the University of California, Hospitalization after infection, and this is especially true for children and adolescents with underlying health conditions such as a weak immune system, obesity or chronic lung disease.Getting vaccinated may also give parents, teens and children alike peace of mind to return to activities and participate in sports, Which is very beneficial on the level of mental health.
How can we trust a vaccine that was developed in such a short time compared to any other vaccine?
Dr. Dina Kishkash says that the production of any vaccine usually requires several years to come out to the light and be approved, but the Corona vaccine was rushed by the world due to it being an exceptional solution to a problem that the world suffers from in a sudden and unprecedented manner, the movement of normal life has stopped and the virus has caused a large number of deaths and harm the economies of countries and the personal interests of individuals.
Also, regular vaccines are delayed due to the need for scientists to test them clinically on a sufficient number of people and limit the side effects, and this is done over a number of years, but in the case of the Corona vaccine, more reliance was placed on the large number of volunteers who tested the vaccine, and scientists were able to count side effects and then leave it.
In turn, Dangfu says, through the official website of the Chuck Children’s Hospital, that the vaccine was developed quickly because the scientists received additional funds, resources and support from the government, and this allowed the scientists to follow all the typical processes, but sometimes in parallel between some steps, and this led to an acceleration of the process. It was also easy to find volunteers to participate in clinical trials because many were excited about the possibility of receiving the vaccine, and none of these factors compromised the quality of the trials, and the same processes for safety and efficacy were followed.
Why are mothers not bothered by other vaccinations for children and disturbed by the Corona vaccine?
Kishash draws attention to the fact that mothers adhere to the dates of all vaccinations for children from the first day of birth, including hepatitis, polio, rubella and chicken pox. Some parents are also keen to give their children the seasonal flu vaccination every year. But this did not happen with the “Covid-19” vaccine due to the role played by social media in spreading false information that is not based on scientific basis, exaggerating the side effects and intimidating people from taking the vaccine.
Will the “Covid-19” vaccine affect child fertility in the future?
The vaccine does not incorporate or alter the DNA of the body’s cells in any way, Dangfu says, and there is no cause for concern that the vaccine will affect fertility or offspring in the future, according to the Chuck Children’s Hospital website.
What are the side effects of the “Covid-19” vaccine in children?
According to the “Hopkins Medicine” website, the most common side effects are fever and a feeling of pain or fatigue, which are short-term side effects that are relatively less within 24 hours, given that adolescents and children have more powerful immune systems, it is possible to feel these side effects strongly. They are larger than adults, and this is a sign that their immune system is increasing in response to the virus.
“No to Vaccination” movement
Kishkash says that since the beginning of scientists’ understanding of the idea of vaccines that can prevent the spread of dangerous diseases, there has always been an anti-vaccination movement.
When the English physician Edward Jenner noticed in 1798 that maids who contracted cowpox were protected from a more serious outbreak of smallpox, he began experimenting and deliberately infecting people with cowpox, hoping to give them immunity to smallpox.
Although Jenner vaccinated children from his family to prove his theory of immunization, people did not understand at the time that there was a real rationale for vaccinating a child and why it prevents the disease.
However, nearly six decades after Jenner’s first experiments, the British government passed the first series of laws making vaccination mandatory. Immediately anti-vaccination societies sprang up, people rioted and dissent spread worldwide.
When the following vaccines were developed between the 1920s and 1940s, public health officials realized they needed a way to convince people who were hostile to them, but when doctors invented a vaccine to prevent deadly polio in the 1950s, people started praising the vaccination because they were suffering. Already from polio. In the 1960s, when measles vaccines were produced, people were less interested because they were used to living with measles and did not see it as a dangerous disease.