Vaccine

Is it okay to get the second injection late?

According to TS.BS Pham Quang Thai, Head of the Northern Region Expanded Immunization Office, Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Ministry of Health, the National Expanded Immunization Program is doing all the best to prevent full guarantee vaccines for children.

The interruption of vaccine supply for vaccination can completely happen due to actual conditions. However, according to scientific evidence, dilating the injection only reduces the chance of children being protected early COVID-19 does not affect the effectiveness of the injection.

“Parents can completely rest assured and calmly wait until the vaccine is available to inject the next dose without fear that the later injection will lose the effect of the previous injection.” Dr. Thai said.

Children 5-11 years old vaccinated against COVID-19: Is it okay to get the second dose late?  - first

6th grade children in Ha Dong district, Hanoi get vaccinated against COVID-19. (Photo: Dac Huy)

Nutrition for children before and after injection

According to MSc Le Trinh Thuy Tien, Clinical Nutrition Association of Ho Chi Minh City, nutritional care, reasonable and scientific diet for children 5-11 years old before and after injection will help promote the best. effects of vaccines. Therefore, parents need to pay attention to feeding their children well, giving them a snack before vaccination, eating foods rich in fiber and vitamins, drinking enough water, getting enough rest to avoid letting children drink stimulants. before and after injection.

“Children need to eat enough and balance 4 main groups of nutrients including protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and a variety of foods. Next, depending on the child’s condition after the injection, parents should give the child suitable foods such as soft and easy-to-digest foods (soup, porridge, milk)… and prioritize foods that are suitable for taste. of children. If children feel uncomfortable, they should divide meals to make it easier to eat and absorb nutrients better. BS Tien said.

According to Dr. Tien, after vaccination, parents should give priority to children to eat nutritious foods such as fish, meat, eggs, green vegetables, fruits and intestinal bacteria such as yogurt.

To ensure the health of children when receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, adults need to pay special attention to hygiene and safety when handling food. Parents should choose fresh food with clear origin and production standards. Food should be cooked thoroughly, cooked immediately, do not let children eat undercooked or re-raw foods, food that has been left for a long time, etc. health of children.

After the injection, children may experience fatigue, pain at the injection site, especially fever, so they need to be fully hydrated. Drinking enough water helps blood circulate better to provide enough oxygen to the cells, thereby strengthening the body’s immune system. Staying hydrated also helps combat the side effects of fatigue and muscle soreness.

“Children should drink filtered water, broth, vegetable juice… In addition, fruit juices such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits… are also very good because they both provide water and supplement vitamins, especially vitamin C to help strengthen them. resistance. In addition, post-injection fever is a common response of the immune system after vaccination. At this time, children need to drink oresol solution mixed according to the instructions to prevent dehydration. BS Tien recommended.

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