Paediatricians bat for Covid-19 vaccine for children as cases rise

Doctors say they are seeing an increase in children with Covid infection

Anoushka SawhneyRuchika ChitravanshiSohini Das New Delhi/Mumbai
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As Covid-19 cases rise again, doctors are advising that children, especially the school-going ones, be given the vaccine as a precautionary measure. While no break-up is available on the proportion of children in the total active caseload in the country, the instances of infections among kids have gone up significantly, doctors say. 
“If I was getting one child a month ago, now I see 10 children who are Covid positive every day. And if a child has it, then parents and grandparents get it too since this variant spreads very quickly,” said Nitin Verma, associate director general, paediatrics, at the Delhi-based Rainbow Children’s Hospital. 
Although symptoms are mild in most cases and children recover quickly, a recent study by Translational Health Science Technology Institute (THSTI), a department of biotechnology institution in Faridabad, found that across all three waves, severely infected

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First Published: Apr 24 2023 | 10:04 AM IST

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