Covid and adolescent vaccination, 15 reasons to do it

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The vaccination coverage against Covid-19 is still below optimal values ​​in children aged 12 to 17 years. This is what some pediatricians from Emilia-della cittàgna say, who have launched an appeal in favor of vaccination of adolescents, addressing first of all to them and then to their parents, so that they understand the importance of vaccinating their children immediately.

Pediatricians have come up with a manifesto - in 15 points - that explains why it's important for teens to get vaccinated too.

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Vaccination in Teens, 15 Reasons Why It's Crucial

The pediatricians of Emilia-della cittàgna, in the face of data relating to vaccination coverage against COVID in children aged between 12 and 17 years are not optimal as they are less than 50% throughout the country, and news and word of mouth based on irrational fears, have drawn up a document in 15 points which explain why vaccination is essential. 

Here are what they are.

  1. «The vaccines against COVID are today the only effective and safe tool we have to counter the spread of SARS-CoV-2.
  2. We are also not safe from the virus e many of the newly infected are under the age of 18.
  3. SARS-CoV-2 can cause a serious pathology even in boys and the data on hospitalizations show that the infection does not spare the younger group.
  4. The COVID pandemic has affected loved ones, and some of us have faced the premature loss of friends or family. By vaccinating ourselves we will protect the people who come into contact with us, including family members, some friends and less fortunate classmates, who due to a lack of their immune defenses have a lower ability to be able to protect themselves from COVID.
  5. Following the lockdowns caused by COVID, hospitalizations in the pediatric wards to depression, anxiety states and eating disorders among adolescents have increased dramatically.
  6. Le prolonged closures of schools and universities have produced a dramatic loss of learning, particularly among the most disadvantaged students, which caused school dropouts, enormously increasing educational poverty.
  7. Hitherto none of the teens who got vaccinated were hospitalized for COVID.
  8. Over 7 million kids have already been vaccinated in the USA. The safety of vaccination in our age group is high, we must not be afraid to receive the vaccine: the most frequent side effects are pain at the injection site, headache and pain in the muscles and joints.
  9. I heart problems (myocarditis and pericarditis) that would have occurred in some boys vaccinated against COVID in the United States and Israel have been very rare and have always solved without problems. The relationship of these problems with vaccination is still being studied. Conversely, what we know for sure is that SARS-CoV-2 infection, like other viral diseases, can, albeit rarely, cause complications affecting the heart and other organs.
  10. I vaccines against COVID they have no influence on fertility nor can they cause side effects on our development or growth.
  11. The vaccine or the green pass are not limitations to our freedom but an opportunity to try not to return to distance learning: vaccination against COVID is very important to avoid the risk of prolonged school closures, ensure access to education and protect our physical and mental health.
  12. By vaccinating against COVID we can maintain normality and sociability which we have regained, while enforcing even our largely neglected rights during the pandemic.
  13. If we get vaccinated in large numbers we can contribute to reduce the circulation of the virus and, consequently, the appearance of viral variants more contagious or aggressive which reduce the effectiveness of vaccines. Only in this way can we beat the pandemic, otherwise she will always win!
  14. In the last two years, COVID has absorbed a large part of health resources: getting vaccinated means helping doctors and nurses, to treat those suffering from other pathologies other than COVID and contribute to the regular resumption of treatment and prevention paths.
  15. As we learn every day, we must have faith in science which tells us that the choice of the vaccine at this moment is the most appropriate for our health and that of others! ».
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