An advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted on Wednesday to recommend Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 15.The vote is 14-0, with one abstinence.
The vote took place two days after the Food and Drug Administration revised the emergency authorization for Pfizer’s vaccine to include this age group and is considered one of the last steps required before the shots begin to enter. To weapons
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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky will soon accept the advisory committee’s recommendations on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, to clear how images are used among 17 million young people of this age group.
Some states, such as Delaware and Georgia, began taking pictures immediately after the FDA action, but most major pharmacies and clinics said they would wait for CDC information before vaccinating children ages 12 to 15.
Vaccination for this age group is an important guideline for middle and high school to reopen this fall.
The shots were given in the same way as given to adults, three weeks apart at the same size. This is not uncommon. For example, the flu dose is given at the same dosage level for children and adults.
Covid-19 does not make adolescents as significantly sick as older adults, although on Thursday more than 3.8 million pediatric cases were reported, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.That’s 14 percent of all patients in the United States.
But there has been a gradual increase in the rate of Covid-19 hospitalizations among 12- to 17-year-olds over the past two months. Dr. Sara Oliver, a medical epidemiologist at the CDC’s National Center for Immunology and Respiratory Diseases, said during the ACIP meeting Wednesday, sixty-one percent of those teens had at least one underlying condition, with Most of them are obesity and asthma.
Covid-19 has also been linked to a condition known as pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C.
As of May 3, Oliver said more than 3,700 cases of MIS-C have been reported, and that they are more likely to be severe in adolescents than in younger children – adding evidence of the potential benefit of the vaccination.
More than 2,200 participants, ages 12 to 15, were included in Pfizer’s Phase 3 clinical trials in the United States.About half received the actual vaccine, while the others received a placebo.
The shooting was 100 percent effective.Eighteen people in the placebo group had Covid-19 symptoms compared to the patients who actually received the shot.
Side effects reflect adults: arm pain, weakness, headache and chills. Fever, too, is likely to be reported after the second vaccination. No cases of a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis were reported in the study participants. There were no reports of cases of Bell’s palsy, who also had facial paralysis.
Although no serious adverse events were reported during the trials. But it is possible that very rare side effects can be identified when the vaccine is administered widely in this age group.
Opportunity to catch up
Taking teens to the doctor for the COVID-19 vaccination may be a good time for kids to catch up on the pictures they missed during the outbreak. Kate Woodworth, a pediatrician in the department of birth defects and infant disorders on the CDC said during a meeting Wednesday.
However, the CDC advises people of all ages not to receive another type of vaccination within two weeks of getting Covid-19 vaccination.During Wednesday’s meeting, the committee discussed the recommendation to change this recommendation so that it can. Can be managed together
“The need to keep up with the COVID-19 vaccine is urgent because we plan to return to school safely ourselves,” Woodworth said, according to the CDC. From the providers of the pediatric vaccine program last year, there was a decrease of 11.7 million doses compared to 2019.
The largest gaps found for imaging often given to adolescents were found: the HPV vaccine, which protects against the human papillomavirus, the Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. And meningococcal vaccine to prevent meningitis
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But some members are reluctant to recommend that adolescents get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccinations, largely because guidelines have not been studied.
Dr. Sarah Long, a professor of pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, told the committee: “There is no question that there is a unique inflammatory response that is different from other vaccines that we have been given,” referring to the Covid-19 vaccine.
“Right now I’m not comfortable deciding whether to take these vaccines with anything without any information,” Long said.
The CDC panel acknowledges that it is not known that simultaneous administration of other vaccines with Covid-19 will significantly increase side effects, and that doctors recommend weighing the risks as to which patients are behind or are susceptible to disease. Risk of failure to vaccinate.
Meanwhile, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement encouraging children to be vaccinated for both COVID-19 and other illnesses.
“We have seen a lot of damage to children’s mental and emotional health as they missed a lot of experiences during the outbreak,” said Dr. Lee Savio Beer, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in a statement. “Vaccinating children will protect them and involve them in all activities – school, sports, socializing with friends and family – which are very important to their health and development.”
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