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Covid, Palma: “Infection tank boys, right to vaccinate them”

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May 5, 2021

“Leaving an age group” such as that of young people without an anti-covid vaccination “makes it a potential reservoir for contagion”. This is the reflection of Paolo Palma, head of Clinical Immunology and Vaccinology at the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital in Rome. “If vaccinating against Covid in schools from an organizational point of view finds many agree on the fact that it is a winning strategy, in the pediatric field the question of whether it is appropriate to have an anti-Covid vaccine in this age group is instead much discussed. – emphasizes the expert – If, however, it is true that there do not seem to be very severe symptoms in this class of population, it is also true that in a current situation like this, leaving an age group without coverage means that it represents a potential reservoir of contagion. . We must think from an evolutionary perspective: we are moving towards a reality in which the variants of Sars-CoV-2 are increasing and some are giving us problems even in the smallest. These elements lead us to consider the indication to make the vaccine also in pediatric bands “. “It is true, we are talking about a population that has a low epidemiology – says the expert at Adnkronos Salute – and the boys are not superspreaders, but even this given that they become infected less is not entirely true. data at CDC level “Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” which showed that in Mississippi between May and September 2020 the infected among the under 18s were less than 9 thousand according to the doctors’ reports; instead they were estimated in almost 114 thousand, on the basis of a study on serology “, which investigated the presence of antibodies against Sars-CoV-2, in the same period.” So many cases have escaped because they were asymptomatic or paucisymptomatic, because they did not swab and there was no diagnosis. ” In conclusion, Palma observes, “we need to look to the future and how the situation is evolving with the variants, in order to have a complete picture when thinking about vaccinating or not vaccinating children, and in the short term, against Covid. Considering all the elements, a rationale has it “.