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Healthy children and teenagers probably do not need corona vaccines, according to an updated guideline published on the website of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO's Strategic Expert Group on Vaccines (SAGE) met last week to create a revised roadmap for corona vaccines.
The new road map defines three priority groups - high, medium and low - based on the "risk of serious illness and death" when infected with the virus.
Healthy children between the ages of 6 months and 17 years are now considered a low priority.
The agency said that for this group, "traditionally essential vaccines" for diseases such as rotavirus, measles, polio and pneumococcal have a greater impact.
In the new road map, the agency also published updated guidelines regarding the booster doses of the corona virus.
No need to get vaccinated.
A child gets vaccinated against Corona (Photo: Reuven Castro)
Do not compromise on the other vaccines
"The revised roadmap re-emphasizes the importance of these vaccines for people who are still at risk of severe disease, especially the elderly and those with chronic underlying conditions, including with additional boosters," SAGE Chair Dr. Hanna Nohink said in a press release on the WHO website.
"States should consider their specific context in deciding whether to continue vaccinating low-risk groups, such as healthy children and adolescents, without compromising the routine vaccinations that are so essential to the health and well-being of this age group," Nuhink continued.
In a press release, SAGE encourages states to consider factors including "disease burden, cost-effectiveness, health priorities, and even costs" when making decisions about immunization requirements for healthy children and youth.
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And who must be vaccinated?
And despite the statement, the World Health Organization emphasizes that some children still need to be vaccinated.
Children with weakened immune systems or those with pre-existing health conditions should still receive the coronavirus vaccine due to the higher risk of serious illness, the agency said.
In addition, it is recommended that babies under the age of 6 months receive the vaccine due to the burden of severe effects of the corona virus.
The directive also calls on pregnant women to be fully vaccinated to obtain full protection for the mother and fetus.