Reminders for parents of children with allergies, asthma considering COVID-19 vaccine

MANILA — A doctor serving as an adviser to the national COVID-19 task force on Thursday gave some reminders to parents of children with a history of allergies and asthma as the government prepares to roll out vaccinations for people aged 5 to 11 years old.

Dr. Ted Herbosa said children with comorbidities or associated illnesses, who will be prioritized in the first inoculation installment, will need to present a medical certificate to prove that their doctors allow them to receive the vaccine.

He said some of the serious complications from the COVID-19 vaccine include anaphylaxis, myocarditis and inflammation of the lungs. However, he tells parents who question the need to vaccinate young children with “an experimental vaccine” that it has been “proven to have more benefits than risks”.

In the case of allergies, Herbosa said that while some children may have a reaction to food, the substance in coronavirus injections will be “different.”

“But if you had a severe reaction to a previous vaccine, then you might not be a candidate for that vaccine. That’s why it’s important to disclose. When you go to the vaccination site, parents should disclose this particular child’s allergies,” he told ANC’s Headstart.

Meanwhile, Herbosa said he has not noted any cases where asthma was triggered during inoculation with the COVID-19 vaccine. There had been cases of asthma attacks, however, due to anxiety and stress from the fear of the blow. To remedy this, he suggested informing children early and preparing their inhaler on the day of vaccination.

“If you’ve signed up your child, you need to start having this conversation, talking to your child. Five to 11 are already smart, they’re learning a lot. So let them ask as many questions about it,” he said. declared.

“It’s very important to prime them. You can show them videos of children being vaccinated in other countries so they know it’s a familiar thing and the other advice is to bring as a prize for the children after their vaccination, an incentive,” he added.

Herbosa said that while deaths from COVID-19 in children may be low, there had been a high number of Philippine General Hospital admissions in this age group when the country saw an increase. Delta cases at the end of last year. They had to be taken to intensive care and attached to ventilators, he said.

Additionally, there have been cases of “long COVID” in adult patients, although they have not been closely monitored in the Philippines, he said.

“That’s why we, even pediatric societies, recommend because what you’re trying to prevent isn’t just death. We already know that children will survive easily, but if you have COVID for a long time, imagine, the child cannot do sports, in ballet, in dance,” he said.

Vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 will begin on February 4, with the first phase planned in Metro Manila. A pediatric formulation of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will be used for this age group. It has a 90% effectiveness rate in children aged 5 and over, with “very mild” side effects, according to the national regulator.

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