Let's talk Covid-19 vaccine safety and fears of Myocarditis in children who inherit heart conditions from parents


As children continue to receive their Covid inoculations, there have been talks about Myocarditis. What these talks do not seem to talk about is a child's history with heart issues. Here's everything that you need to know:

Film x-ray stock footage of a whole child 's body with heart disease.Stockdevil / Getty Images

While inoculation of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine continues to roll out to children from the age of 5 until 11 years old, Myocarditis has been one of the main concerns for parents.

This is because there have not been enough teachings, and as much as there is more factual information pertaining to this online, people are just not reading it.

As such, most people continue to spread Covid-19 vaccine misinformation, coupled with fake news that is being picked up from anti-vaccination sites.

All of that continues to cause vaccine hesitancy, and now with children receiving their jabs, more parents want to know if any past heart issues can exacerbate Myocarditis.

Research from the National Geographic Channel says that the real risk of heart inflammation to kids is from Covid-19 itself and not the vaccine.

This paper lamented how pediatric found that the novel coronavirus infection, especially the newer variants, causes more severe heart issues and carries a higher risk for long-term or permanent damage.

One parent of two that lives outside Denver, Colorado, expressed in an interview with National Geographic how hard making a decision to get her kids inoculated was for her due to their past experiences with heart issues.

In this same interview, she shared how her five-year-old was born with a congenital heart defect that required a risky surgery when he was two years old.

This was to avoid a lifelong risk of heart inflammation from any infection, and not particularly Covid-19 since this form of the novel coronavirus was not yet available back then.

She added:

To read about children with no cardiac history having Myocarditis as a pediatric vaccine complication was scary. There were a lot of inflammatory headlines from the media that preyed on a parent's fear in terms of the vaccination and very little information readily available regarding the damage Covid can do."

She highlighted the most crucial aspect of getting some Covid-19 vaccines, which is that adolescent boys are at risk of developing Myocarditis.

After speaking to her son's cardiologist, she developed more confidence in vaccines, and her son then received his first vaccine jab.

This is one of the significant assurances that parents need to be certain that their children will not be in any form of danger after getting the Covid-19 vaccine shot.

Experts deliberated more on the Covid-19 vaccine in kids with past heart issues

According to Matthew Elias, a pediatric cardiologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Myocarditis after the Covid jab remains rarer and usually milder.

Elias adds that it is far milder than the cardiac complications from the novel coronavirus, which one can pick up after catching this infection.

On November 25, 2021, Reuters reported that at least 10% of the 28 million 5-11-year-olds eligible U.S. children have had the first Covid-19 dose. Yet, a substantial proportion of parents remain uneasy about it.

This has prompted many paediatricians and pediatric cardiologists to believe that Myocarditis has received more attention than the life-saving benefits of the vaccine.

The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been shown to be safe and highly effective in children ages 5 to 11 and everyone else older, based on a paper by the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

The Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine has been given full approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

It is also essential for parents to educate themselves on the seriousness of Myocarditis and how best to attend to the worry should your little one come down with it.

- Additional sourcing from Forbes, Reuters, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. and the National Geographic.

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