Why shouldn’t we skip immunization during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Vaccinations protect children against severe infectious diseases that require hospitalization. They prevent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks. It is also about avoiding co-infections (infection by more than one pathogen) caused by these pathogens, which may increase the risk of a severe course of respiratory disease.

Other infectious diseases, such as whooping cough, measles, invasive pneumococcal disease, rotavirus diarrhea, invasive meningococcal disease, and chickenpox pose a much greater risk to children than COVID-19, which is rare and usually mild in children.

A delay in immunization may expose the infant to serious health consequences, especially pertussis, and may lead to difficulties in implementing PSO due to the accumulation of visits.

COVID-19 is a new disease about which information is still being collected. However, based on experience with other infectious diseases, vaccination against one disease does not reduce a person’s immune response to another disease.

There is currently no evidence that vaccination would increase a child’s risk of COVID-19 infection or affect the course of the disease in a child who has been inadvertently vaccinated during the asymptomatic or incubation phase.

Moreover, continuing to routinely vaccinate children during the COVID-19 pandemic will protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases. Appropriate precautions implemented in medical facilities minimize the potential risk of contracting COVID-19 in children.

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