OMT member and pediatrician Illy: “By vaccinating children, you reduce the chance of school closures” | correct

videoOutbreak management team member Karoly Ely, who is also president of the Dutch Society of Pediatrics (NVK), says parents who “want to reduce the chance of school closures should have their children vaccinated”.


Marcia Neuenhuis


Last updated:
12-01-22, 09:37

As of next Tuesday, 1.3 million letters will be sent through the mailbox to parents ages 5-11. It states that they can make an appointment by phone with GGD to vaccinate children. The next week, the first injections are made. Pediatrician and OMT member Karolyi Elie advises parents who “want to reduce the risk of school closures to vaccinate their children.”

Corona vaccine is the most effective way to prevent serious corona disease. There is a very small chance that children will become seriously ill. Vaccinations also help prevent corona transmission. Classmates, teacher, or teacher are less likely to get sick.

To reassure children during vaccination, in some places in Belgium they are pampered, for example, with special costumes or special chairs. © BELGA

a small difference

Parents with children between 5 and 11 years old can decide for themselves whether their offspring will be vaccinated. Both the Health Council and the Dutch Society of Pediatrics (NVK) strongly advise children between the ages of 12 and 17 to get the vaccine. ‘This is just a small difference in the nuances,’ Emphasizes. We do this because the benefits of vaccination for adolescents clearly outweigh the harms that may be caused by vaccination. This is not evident in children aged 5 to 11 years.

Does Caroly Ely—who has children aged 22, 24 and 26 who have been vaccinated—have any advice for parents of 5-12? “Dear parents, please inform yourself well. You really have the freedom to choose. In young children, the chance of getting severely ill from corona is also very small and very rare, but the chance of serious side effects is less and even rarer.


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We do not anticipate any problems due to the potential overload of the call center

Ernest Moxis, GGD spokesperson

MIS-C

The Health Board recently issued a positive recommendation for children aged 5 to 11 years old to be vaccinated. In 2021, 130 children of that age group ended up with coronavirus in a hospital in the Netherlands. In addition, the council estimates that a serious inflammatory disease called MIS-C develops in about 150 children ages 0-19, a few weeks after Covid-19. this means pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome† Weeks after contracting corona, these children often suddenly develop a high fever and about 90 percent also have abdominal complaints, such as vomiting and diarrhoea. In half of these children, this is so serious that they end up in intensive care. “Fortunately, this did not lead to the death of the children,” Eli said.

Inquiries with the Municipal Health Services (GGD) show that parents who want to be vaccinated “can really just call in for an appointment,” according to spokesperson Ernst Moxis. “Not all parents have DigiD for their children, but parents who have DigiD can’t do it online.” This is because the system is currently set up in such a way that only appointments can be made for a booster dose. A GGD spokesperson: “We do not anticipate any problems due to the potential overload of the call center and expect it to be easily accessible between 8am and 8pm.”

Pediatrician and OMT member Karoly Elie advises pupils (elementary) to get them vaccinated if you want to prevent school closures.
Pediatrician and OMT member Karoly Elie advises pupils (elementary) to get them vaccinated if you want to prevent school closures. © Raphael Drent

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