For infants and children aged 6 months and up, 19 vaccinations have long been awaited. On November 2, 2021, Pfizer’s vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 was given the green light by the CDC.
Vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, respectively, were given the green light by the FDA in June 2022 for use in children aged 6 months and up (FDA). On June 18, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued recommendations that these vaccines be given to all children aged 6 months and older.
As of the 15th of June, 2022, a total of 10.2 million children had gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, with 8.3 million children having received all three doses. Concerns about the vaccine’s safety have been raised by several families. After all, many older people might recall feeling some of the same adverse effects after their own COVID-19 vaccination, especially after the second dosage.
Vaccine adverse effects in children have been found to be, thankfully, quite modest to moderate. The vaccine was tested on 1,517 children by Pfizer, and no serious adverse events occurred. For the most part, newborns and young children up to the age of 4 have experienced mild to moderate adverse effects.
Covid-19 Vaccine Adverse Effects on Children
Pfizer’s publicized trial study data provides an abundance of research on the adverse effects of vaccines in children. The number of children involved in the study was 2,268; of those, 1,517 received the vaccine, and 751 received a placebo. The dose given to children in the study was one-third of that given to adults and teenagers. This reduced dose will also be given to your youngster.
There were no serious adverse events or responses among the vaccinated youngsters. No incidences of anaphylaxis or other life-threatening allergic responses were documented either.
Myocarditis and pericarditis, a severe but rare and controllable adverse event documented primarily in young men using mRNA vaccinations like the Pfizer vaccine, were not reported. Most parents will take solace in the fact that the study participants reported no substantial side effects.
Contrarily, if there are unfavorable effects, parents want to know as much as possible to protect themselves and their children. Concerned parents often ask me if their children will be ill or uncomfortable after receiving a vaccine and if they will miss school. Let’s check out the potential repercussions and what you should do about them.
The Most Typical Adverse Effects
Pain in the injected arm was the most prevalent adverse event in youngsters, occurring in 71%-74% according to study data. Following this, 39% of children reported experiencing fatigue.
As much as 28 percent of the children reported having a headache. Injection site redness and edema were also rather common, occurring in 19% and 15% of patients.
Minor Adverse Effects
Fortunately, the frequency of the more severe flu-like symptoms (the ones that make youngsters feel sick) was lower than expected. Fever was reported by 8 percent of children following immunization, while 5 percent had diarrhea and 2 percent had vomiting. Ten percent of kids felt cold, twelve percent reported muscular discomfort, and five percent had joint pain.
Weighing the Advantages of a First vs. a Second Dose
After the second dose, some children, like some adults, experienced more severe systemic adverse effects (fever, general malaise). The first shot’s immune cells will be primed to respond more rapidly and forcefully the second time around, possibly resulting in more severe side effects. This indicates that the body’s immune response is functioning properly and producing antibodies.
Regarding the duration of the negative effects, how long do you anticipate them to stay?
In the event that your child experiences negative effects, you should prepare yourself for a few days of discomfort. You may wish to plan your child’s vaccination for a time when you will be available to stay home with them in the event that they have more severe side effects. Getting the shot on a Friday will allow you to relax throughout the weekend.
Were there any differences between the adverse reactions experienced by adults and those experienced by children?
While debating whether or not to vaccinate their own children, many people remember the negative reactions they experienced after receiving the COVID vaccine as a child. Some working-age individuals required a day off after receiving their shots due to severe side effects, especially after the second injection.
Thus far, the majority of children have experienced just moderate symptoms. Pfizer found no evidence of myocarditis or other major adverse effects in their trials with this demographic. The younger youngsters experienced less severe symptoms. Fever, exhaustion, headache, chills, and muscle discomfort were more common in teenagers and young adults.
Methods for Coping with Adverse Reactions
It’s unlikely that your child will have any serious adverse effects, but every kid is unique, and some may have more trouble than others. This can be the case after the second vaccination.
However, know that there are various tried-and-true methods for alleviating your child’s suffering. Here are some suggestions from medical experts.
Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are examples of pain relievers that can be used to bring down a high temperature and ease discomfort. You can take an antihistamine if you experience any of these symptoms at the vaccine injection site: swelling, redness, or itching. Always check with your kid’s pediatrician to get specific dosing advice and to be sure these medicines are safe for your child to take.
Applying a cool, moist towel to your child’s injection site will help reduce swelling, soreness, and redness. You may help your child feel more comfortable by having them drink lots of fluids and wear loose clothing if they start running a temperature.
Answering Parents’ Unresolved Questions
It’s normal to feel some trepidation or uncertainty even after being assured that there are no serious negative effects. Things like this happen often and are easy to understand. The potential side effects of vaccines over the long term are a major worry for many parents. In particular, they worry about potential changes to their genes and their ability to have children after receiving the vaccine.
No studies have shown infertility after immunization, and no evidence has been found that the vaccine causes genetic alterations or harm, doctors want to reassure parents. Some pediatricians have even started eagerly vaccinating their own kids with this new vaccine because they are so confident in its safety.
The negative effects of the COVID-19 vaccine in children are often mild and treatable, as agreed upon by all the specialists we consulted. They reassured parents that OTC pain relievers, cold compresses, rest, and plenty of fluids would be sufficient to alleviate any distressing symptoms.
Talk to your child’s pediatrician if you have any concerns about the immunizations or their potential negative effects. They know your child and his or her medical history, so they can answer any questions or worries you may have after the appointment.