Babies are too young for the Covid-19 shot, but Kathryn Gray, attending physician of maternal-fetal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said research increasingly shows that vaccination during pregnancy leads to antibodies safely being transferred to the baby, offering limited protection.
140 Utah children <15 hospitalized with COVID in past 2 weeks…let that sink in for a minute. Not mild. Omicron in unvaxxed < 5 is exploding in our country. https://t.co/ASSuC4aKAV
— Ida Bergstrom, MD (@DCDoc33) January 21, 2022
Raw Story: The Covid-19 pandemic took a deadly toll on adults in the United States for two years while largely sparing children from the dire statistics.
Israel: Children ages 5-11 who received two doses of the COVID vaccine are 2x less likely to be infected with Omicron than their unvaccinated counterparts, Those age 12-15 who received a booster dose in the past two months are 4x less likely to be infected
— Irene Tosetti (@itosettiMD_MBA) January 19, 2022
But the rapid spread of the Omicron variant led to record pediatric infections and hospitalizations in the country, and anti-vaccination misinformation that tells parents the shots are dangerous is adding to the risk.
The received wisdom is that the UK's omicron wave is receding. But it's more accurate to say that the initial omicron wave among adults has peaked and we are now into a new wave among children. Will this give rise to a further wave among adults (starting with parents)? pic.twitter.com/PNazNbpIbA
— Colin Davis (@ProfColinDavis) January 22, 2022
The chances of young people dying from Covid-19 remain low. The shots greatly reduce the odds of severe illness, and vaccinated mothers may pass protection to their babies, but vaccine hesitancy pushed online leaves both parents and children vulnerable.
Interesting information in this thread RE: omicron and children. https://t.co/7EwHOVekYo
— theBDavisproject (@BDavisproject) January 23, 2022
From worries that the shots were developed too quickly, to false claims that the jabs can impact future fertility, physician Wassim Ballan of Phoenix Children’s Hospital said combating misinformation has become part of his job.
“Unfortunately, a lot of times when we’re having this time with a family to discuss these things is when the child is already in hospital,” he said of the problem.
Children under 5 can't get Covid vaccinations. Doctors have this advice to protect them during the omicron surge https://t.co/Ejquz3E9LV
— CNBC (@CNBC) January 21, 2022
Parents need to understand that the vaccines are “the most important tool for protection,” especially to avoid multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, a rare and dangerous complication that can follow a mild Covid-19 infection.
So I've had #Covid19 twice before, two jabs and the booster, 14 miserable months of #LongCovid – and now I have #Omicron again – along w/ husband (teacher: primary children don't wear masks).
Feel unbelievably ill.
The Tory handling of #coronavirus sucks!#ToryCovidDisaster pic.twitter.com/ahgK6YDAHP
— Cllr Caroline Page 🔶 (@CroPage) January 19, 2022
Only 27 percent of children aged five to 11 have received a first dose of the vaccine in the United States. Hospitalizations reached a pandemic high of 914 children per day this month, up dramatically from the previous peak of 342 in September 2021.
Protection from the womb
The first week of January 2022 saw Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston report 12 babies in intensive care with Covid-19.
Babies are too young for the Covid-19 shot, but Kathryn Gray, attending physician of maternal-fetal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said research increasingly shows that vaccination during pregnancy leads to antibodies safely being transferred to the baby, offering limited protection. Read more…