Covid-19: Here’s how flu vaccine can help keep kids safe

Covid-19: Here’s how flu vaccine can help keep kids safe

While the first and second waves have been devastating, it is being predicted that a third wave of the Covid infection may hit the country soon. And that it will affect children more this time. While it cannot be predicted as to when exactly the wave will hit, doctors warn that as a safety measure, children be kept at home, and pandemic-appropriate protocols are followed to ensure their safety.

In what appears to be an encouraging piece of information though, it is being said that vaccinating your child against flu could be effective in fighting the third wave.

According to Dr Jesal Sheth, senior consultant-pediatrician, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) recommends giving annual flu shots to all children below five. “Recent studies conducted during the pandemic in Michigan and Missouri, among children infected with COVID-19, showed those who had been vaccinated with inactivated influenza vaccine during the flu season in 2019-20 in the US, had slightly reduced risk of catching COVID-19 infection, as well as reduced risk of suffering from severe infection,” she said.

Source – The Indian Express

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