Vaccine, Italian paediatricians' decalogue on administering vaccines to 12-16 year olds: here are the indications for parents
Vaccine 12-16 years, the decalogue of the Fimp pediatricians: ten answers to as many “why”, designed to help parents of children aged 12 to 16 years, the importance of vaccinating their children against Covid-19
This is the spirit of the decalogue proposed by the Fimp and shared in a training webinar that was attended by over 1,300 subscribers.
Covid vaccine for 12-16 year olds: the analysis of the president of the Italian Federation of Paediatricians Paolo Biasci
“To avoid a dangerous disease for oneself and for others, rare deaths, hospitalisations for complications, the Long-Covid syndrome, the interruption of school attendance and social activities, and then to contain the contagions of elderly relatives and schoolmates who are not vaccinated or not fully immunised, to contribute to the control of the pandemic and of the virus variants, and finally to create awareness of the importance of everyone doing their part even among adolescents.
These are our suggestions for Italian parents who are approaching the vaccination of their teenage children with a thousand questions.
Immunising children is good for their health, the health of their grandparents and the health of the entire community.
But how far has the Covid vaccine campaign progressed in the offices of family paediatricians?
We signed a Memorandum of Understanding three months ago, responding promptly to the appeal by Minister Speranza and General Figliuolo,” says Biasci, “but many, too many regions are still behind on implementation agreements.
The signed document would also allow us to deal entirely with the National Plan for Vaccine Prevention, freeing up resources in the Prevention Services to devote to other activities.
All we are asking for is to be able to vaccinate our children. This is the only way we can guarantee them a safe return to school and the recovery of vaccination coverage”.
Approval for the use of the Covid-19 vaccine in the 12-16 age group has recently come from the Italian regulatory authorities.
The importance of immunising adolescents in the words of Mattia Doria, National Secretary for Scientific and Ethical Activities of the Fimp: “New variants emerge where vaccination coverage rates are low.
And it has now been demonstrated that minors fall ill with the same incidence as adults – although fortunately with lower percentages of severity – and that they represent a potential source of spread of the virus in all areas of life frequented: from places of aggregation, to gyms, to school.
We should also not forget the psychological impact that the first total lockdown and the second hiccup last winter had on our children.
We must put in place all the measures to prevent this happening again: vaccination is one such measure. Vaccination is one such measure, and the more widespread it is, the more successful it will be.
Italian paediatricians: we must not lower our guard on the paediatric vaccine
We must never lower our guard on childhood vaccinations,” says Giorgio Conforti of the Fimp Vaccines Area, “not only for Covid-19, but for all the vaccinations in the calendar, which in the first lockdown suffered a collapse, which then became widespread.
The contraction was less significant for the Primary Cycle (up to 2 years of age) and in those Regions where the Family Paediatrician vaccinates.
On the other hand, it was the World Health Organisation itself that recommended that immunisations should coincide with Health Budgets, which are key steps in our care of children.
As we wanted to remind you in our decalogue, protecting children is protecting the whole community.
A vaccine is enough to do this.