The US authorities plan to update the recommendations for the administration of mRNA-based anti-coronavirus vaccines to adolescents and young adults.
They announced this after a meeting of experts on Wednesday, who reported on a possible link between these vaccines and very rare cases of myocarditis, namely inflammatory heart disease. However, experts also added that the benefits of vaccination clearly outweigh their risks, writes AFP.
Vaccination of young people
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), convened by a meeting of experts, examined 323 confirmed cases of myocarditis and pericarditis (inflammatory heart disease) that occurred in people under the age of 30 after vaccination.
In the 323 cases examined, 309 patients were hospitalized, with 295 in the meantime discharged from the hospital. Nine are still hospitalized, two of them in the intensive care unit. For the remaining five, no data are available on the course of their treatment. The data are as of June 11, when people aged 12 to 29 received a total of more than 50 million doses of mRNA vaccines from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna in the United States.
Inflammation of the heart muscle
“Fortunately, this is an extremely rare phenomenon. Even if it does, the course is usually mild. “ said Henry Bernstein, a pediatrician at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) in New York, after a meeting of experts. He added that he would continue to strongly advise parents to have their children vaccinated.
According to AFP, according to experts, cases of inflammation of the heart muscle after vaccination occur mainly in men. Most of them were observed after the second dose and no deaths have been reported so far.
However, in view of this, the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plan to update the recommendations on the administration of mRNA vaccines to adolescents and young adults to address their potential risks. If a person develops pericarditis or myocarditis after the first dose, the possible administration of the second dose should be consulted or postponed by a physician, according to the AFP in the draft recommendation.
According to AFP, anti-coronavirus mRNA vaccines have been shown to be extremely effective. In the United States, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for children from the age of 12, while the Moderna vaccine can vaccinate people over the age of 18 in the United States.
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