Today, children of all ages can be affected by the coronavirus due to the mutations, said Chief Medical Officer Cecília Müller. She explained that severe coronavirus infection is uncommon in children, but sometimes it can lead to serious complications.
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Compared to the previous covid wave, there are many more children infected with the virus and the number of children hospitalized is constantly increasing, said the President of the Association of General Pediatricians, Katalin Havasi. The delta variant also causes more symptoms in children than the earlier variants. There has been reported abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, weakness, chills, and cough. Hospital treatment is necessary for weakness, abdominal pain, difficulty eating, diarrhea, or pneumonia. Fortunately, it is rare that children need to be treated with a ventilator.
Hospital treatment is necessary for weakness, abdominal pain, eating disorder, diarrhea, or pneumonia. Fortunately, it is rare for children to need respiratory assitance, but many children hospitalized with coronavirus require intensive care.
After the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced its approval of Pfizer’s vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11, the website for the vaccination registration opened. On December 14, the first shipment of vaccines, with a total of 138,000 doses from Pfizer arrived in Hungary. Children will be vaccinated at designated vaccination points at hospitals and pediatricians’ offices.
Currently, about 50-60 children are being treated in Hungary’s hospitals for coronavirus infection, the chief medical officer said, noting that the number of serious cases, including complications, is not high but can occur.
When children get vaccinated, they not only protect their own health, but the health of their communities, especially family members, Cecília Müller explained in a video.
So far, 38,000 people have registered their children on the official vaccination registration website, and 16,000 have booked appointments for their children to be vaccinated across the country.
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