CDC Advisers to Discuss Rare Heart Problems in Vaccinated Youth

  • CDC Advisers to Discuss Rare Heart Problems in Vaccinated Youth

CDC Advisers to Discuss Rare Heart Problems in Vaccinated Youth

A nurse prepares to administer the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine in Missouri on Tuesday.

The numbers were reported at a Wednesday meeting of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which is weighing heart risks from the vaccines.

More than 1,200 cases of heart inflammation have been reported in people who received messenger RNA Covid-19 vaccines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Fortunately it's an extraordinarily rare event, and when the event happens it's generally quite mild", Henry Bernstein, a paediatrician at Cohen Children's Medical Center in NY and member of the expert panel, told AFP after the meeting.

He added he would continue to strongly advise parents to vaccinate their adolescents.

While most cases were mild, 15 patients remained in hospitals at that time.

While the rates in Canada aren't yet above the expected levels, immunologist and McMaster University associate professor Matthew Miller said that's likely because many younger Canadians have only received their first dose.

Many more primary care providers will be offered the chance to administer mRNA vaccines as the supply of Pfizer significantly increases and the first supplies of Moderna arrive in September/October. That's a rate of 123.9 per 100,000 people.

Oster said the illness was thought to be caused by viruses in some cases, although there could be other triggers.

Loh says for those that have yet to receive the first shot, either mRNA is a safe and logical choice.

Over 138 million Americans have so far been fully vaccinated with one of the two mRNA vaccines, according to CDC data as of Monday.

The risk of dying due to a case of vaccine-induced TTS is low, at about one in 2 million.

"This is not a new concept. getting the same vaccine for the first and second dose or a mixed schedule are both considered valid options, and both will count as a completed series", the organization states.

"All across the country people are cancelling appointments or asking about whether they should even have their second dose", says Dr Karen Price, president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

As of June 10, almost 17,000 children in 24 states had been hospitalized for Covid-19 and 330 children had died, according to data collected by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In South Korea, only people over 30 are permitted to take the shot.

Messenger RNA vaccines have been proven to be extraordinarily protective against the disease.

Because of the current shortage of the Pfizer vaccine, and the current reliance on Moderna, Loh said some people have literally walked away from appointments when they found out they were to receive the Moderna shot.

Beyond protecting children from the immediate risks of Covid, paediatricians also want to shield them from possible long term impacts such as long Covid and a rare but very serious post-viral complication called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). Experts say that the jab is the country's best bet to prevent new waves of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly in light of the emergence of more virulent strains of the deadly infection.

Ahead of the meeting, Monica Gandhi, an infectious diseases and public health expert at the University of California San Francisco, pointed out that the United States has gone beyond some other countries' recommendations on vaccinating teens.