Potential Heart Inflammation Risk Used To Dissuade Parents From Vaccinating Kids

As the CDC continues to investigate cases of myocarditis and pericarditis in young people who received COVID-19 vaccines, several social media users are warning people not to risk their children’s health for a virus that they have “zero risk of dying from,” claiming that the risks of vaccination outweigh the dangers of COVID-19 in children. Although children and young people have a much lower chance than adults of dying from COVID-19, they can still develop severe illness with potentially long-term impacts. Children can also still transmit the virus to high-risk individuals and play a role in spreading COVID-19 variants. So far, cases of myocarditis and pericarditis in vaccinated individuals have been rare and mostly mild. In a demonstration of its commitment to closely monitoring and ensuring the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will hold a meeting to evaluate and discuss the issue on June 18.

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