Delaying vaccination for children due to Covid-19, unpredictable consequences – VnExpress

With many vaccines, being late or skipping the vaccination schedule can cause children to lose the opportunity to be vaccinated, face dangerous diseases.

According to Doctor CKI Bach Thi Chinh, Medical Director of the VNVC Immunization Center System, since the fourth outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, the percentage of children vaccinated with vaccines has decreased markedly. The situation of missing noses and being late for the schedule took place all over the country, especially in the southern provinces, where the epidemic was complicated.

“This is understandable, but it is very unfortunate because many vaccines only have a chance to be vaccinated once in a lifetime, if they are too old, they will not be effective or not effective, such as: tuberculosis vaccine, neonatal hepatitis B, acute diarrhea caused by Rotavirus, 5-in-1 vaccine, 6-in-1 vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine …”, said Doctor Bach Thi Chinh.

Customers make medical declaration at VNVC Hoang Van Thu center, HCMC. Photo: Orchid

Covid-19 disrupts immunization schedules for many children

Ms. Nguyen Thanh Binh (Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City) sent her 8.5-month-old daughter to the VNVC Hoang Van Thu Immunization Center, Ho Chi Minh City, to receive the Rotavirus vaccine. However, the doctor advised that the baby is now too old to use this vaccine effectively. If indicated for use now, it will no longer be effective in preventing diarrhea caused by rotavirus. This is a dangerous disease that has claimed the lives of 600,000 children around the world each year, and at the same time caused many health risks, affecting the comprehensive development of children if infected many times.

This is not an isolated case of delay in vaccination schedule. Recorded at VNVC vaccination centers in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, every day hundreds of children are not assigned important vaccines because the appropriate vaccination schedule is overdue. Most of the late cases are because parents are concerned about the Covid-19 epidemic, so they do not let their children get vaccinated. Many parents simply think that if they haven’t been vaccinated this month, they can get vaccinated next month, or maybe it’s okay not to get vaccinated.

According to Doctor Truong Huu Khanh, Senior Advisor of the VNVC Immunization Center System: Covid-19 is very dangerous, but if because of fear of the disease, skipping or delaying the vaccination schedule for children, the consequences will be huge. Many types are specified only at certain times. Besides Covid-19, there are dozens of dangerous infectious diseases lurking to attack children. These diseases have no specific treatment, the mortality rate in children is very high or leave serious lifelong sequelae.

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in 2020, 20 million children worldwide will miss all three doses of the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine or DTP3. Vaccination rates in Vietnam have also begun to decline. In the first 6 months of 2021, recorded at VNVC System, the vaccination rate for children has decreased by 50% compared to the same period last year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also warns that being subjective, delaying immunization schedules can lead to dangerous diseases in children. The decline in vaccination rates for many diseases due to the Covid-19 epidemic could lead to outbreaks of other diseases that threaten many lives.

Safe vaccination during the epidemic

“In any condition, families should also try to maintain the correct immunization schedule for children. Especially, in infants and young children under 18 months, full vaccination is the best way to proactively prevent disease. Effective, up to 95%. Immunization helps the body to create natural immune antibodies against pathogens, reduce the risk of dangerous infectious diseases and reduce serious sequels affecting the body. , health and brain, and even reduce mortality,” advised Doctor Bach Thi Chinh.

According to Doctor Bach Thi Chinh, vaccines also have an extremely important function of creating community immunity. Many immune individuals form an immune community. The cost of vaccination is much lower than the cost of treatment if the child has an infectious disease. In particular, during a pandemic, vaccination also helps minimize the confusion of symptoms between Covid-19 with seasonal flu and some other respiratory diseases. Therefore, not only children but also adults should be vaccinated to the maximum of vaccines in their conditions to prevent many diseases.

To ensure the safety of children, vaccination needs to be on schedule, with enough doses to promote the best protective effect of the vaccine. In case of force majeure that causes the child to be late for vaccination (such as the child is not healthy, forgets the schedule for the booster shot), parents need to bring the child to be vaccinated as soon as possible and notify the doctor for additional vaccination. fig.

In addition, parents should always update information about diseases of children and adults, but should not be too focused on the Covid-19 epidemic that ignores important information about other diseases.

A parent takes a child to be vaccinated at VNVC Binh Phuoc Immunization Center.  Photo: Orchid

A parent takes a child to be vaccinated at VNVC Binh Phuoc Immunization Center. Photo: Orchid

In order to avoid parents worrying about the epidemic forgetting their children’s vaccination schedule, VNVC provides free reminders for all customers and calls to remind them by phone in case parents have received the message but have not been vaccinated.

To ensure the prevention of Covid-19 at vaccination centers, VNVC strictly implements the 5K rule, medical staff wear masks and anti-droplet hats, keep a safe distance; all customers make medical declaration, measure body temperature right before entering the center; strengthen disinfection of the entire center several times a day, keep the environment ventilated, place many quick disinfectant solutions in easy-to-see locations. In particular, VNVC requires only 1 family member to follow the child to the center. 100% of the doctors here are vaccinated against Covid-19.

Parents should also proactively book an appointment in advance so that they do not have to wait long and follow the epidemic prevention rules as recommended by the Ministry of Health.

Currently, VNVC also has programs to support prices, discounts, interest-free installment loans for a long time, etc., to help parents overcome barriers so as not to delay immunization for children. em.

Important vaccines, children can only get vaccinated at one time, age in life:

STT Type of vaccine Age limit for vaccination
first Labor Injected in the first month after birth to ensure the highest effectiveness.
2 Neonatal hepatitis B Optimal protective effect in the first 24 hours postpartum.
3 Prevention of acute diarrhea caused by Rotavirus Rotarix, Rotavin: completed before 6 months of age. Rotateq: completed before 8 months of age.
4 5 in 1

(Prevention of pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus, polio and Hib meningitis)

Pentaxim: completed before 24 months of age. Infanrix IPV+Hib: completed before age 5.
5 6 in 1

(Prevent 6 diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis B, Hib pneumonia/meningococcal disease, polio)

Completed before 24 months of age.
6 Synflorix’s pneumococci Completed before age 5.

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VNVC Immunization Center system with 57 Centers across the country is still open to operate through noon from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday. VNVC serves vaccination with Covid-19 prevention process.

For advice on vaccination, parents can register here, contact hotline 028.7300.6595, message VNVC Fanpage – Center for Immunization for Children and Adults or contact the Central System directly. VNVC Immunization Centers nationwide.


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