COVID-19: Parental vaccination protects children | Coronavirus

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COVID-19 : parental vaccination protects children | Coronavirus

The study measured the impact of parental vaccination on children.

Children under the age of five whose parents had been vaccinated against COVID-19 were then less likely to become victims of serious infection with the Delta and Omicron variants of the coronavirus, French researchers found.

The study was carried out before the vaccination of children under five years of age was recommended in several countries, which made it possible to measure the impact of the vaccination of the parents on them.

The general idea was to look within a population of children hospitalized for a SARS-CoV-2 infection if the vaccination status of the parents differed from the vaccination coverage in the child. #x27;adult in the general population, summarized Doctor Naïm Ouldali of the Robert-Debré University Hospital, but who was at the CHU Sainte-Justine at the time the study was carried out.

< p class="e-p">Based on official data collected in France since 2020, the researchers found that children whose coronavirus infection was severe enough to warrant hospitalization rarely had parents who were both vaccinated against it. the virus.

However, it should not be concluded that a child under five whose parents are adequately protected does not himself need to be vaccinated, said Dr. Ouldali, since ;a correctly vaccinated child will be less at risk of a severe infection and consequently of hospitalization.

When both parents were vaccinated, the researchers calculated a reduction the risk of serious infection for a child of 97% for the Delta variant and 79% for the Omicron variant.

“We are talking […] about the benefit of parental vaccination which was extremely important in the prevention of a SARS-CoV-2 infection complicated by hospitalization. »

— Naïm Ouldali, Robert-Debré University Hospital

Parents of children aged five or under are most often young adults with a 30-year-olds for whom the individual benefit of vaccination is not major, continued Dr. Ouldali, because they are generally in good health and have no no special risk factors for severe SARS-CoV-2 infection.

This is therefore the population that may be the most hesitant to get vaccinated since, apart from the risk of long COVID, they will probably only experience mild symptoms in the event of a x27;infection.

The benefit [of vaccination] will not only be for you, it will also be for your young children, Dr Ouldali told the News. intention of young parents. The message we want to convey is not either do not vaccinate your children because if you are vaccinated, they are safe.

“It really is to vaccinate both because it allows us to put additional protection against a risk that can never be zero. »

— Naïm Ouldali, Robert-Debré University Hospital

The findings of this study were published by the journal JAMA Open Network.

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