Preventive measures better than vaccinating children: Paediatrician


No decision has been taken as yet to give  COVID vaccine for children, but it is advisable to continue with the preventive measures other than vaccinating, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children (LRH) Consultant Paediatrician Dr. Deepal Perera said.

He told the Daily Mirror that people should bear in mind not to take the virus back home, if they want to protect their children.

"Five children had died due to the virus up to now for the past one-and -a- half years. Therefore the parents kept asking whether we could vaccinate the children instead of frequent handwashing and wearing face masks," the doctor said.

The vaccination is given to people who are 18 years and older in the country, he said.

"In cities like Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), they have started vaccinating the children. However, the Sinopharm vaccine given to children starting from 16 years and Pfizer Moderna vaccine given to children over 12 years. But no side effects were reported as per the reports issued by them.

 However, America and India are still discussing whether to vaccinate  children or not," Dr. Perera said.

"The best thing is to prevent the virus getting into the children rather than vaccinating them. We should maintain our discipline by not letting the virus in. We should think about our children even during working hours and should maintain the social distances with others. Should also keep in mind that maintaining the physical distance while standing in the vaccination queues," Dr. Perera said.

Preventive measure is better than vaccinating children, the doctor advised.

However, vaccinating children should be done after inoculating the elders, and it is only a hope, the doctor said.

He said the children who have health disorders such as chronic respiratory diseases (CRDs), diabetes, heart diseases, Leukemia or cancer, should have a special arrangement to get their vaccines, as their life would become critical if they get infected with the virus.

The vaccination was not recommended for conceived mothers due to recent deaths. The vaccination roll out for breastfeeding mothers is already underway, Dr. Perera added.   #Tamil   #News   #Tamil News   #Tamil Daily News   #Website   #Tamil News Paper   #Tamil Nadu Newspaper  #Online   #Breaking   News Headlines    #Latest Tamil News   #India News    #World News   #Tamil Film   #Jaffna   #Kilinochchi  #Mannar  #Mullathivu  #Batticola  #Kandy  #Srilanka  #Colombo

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