Wholesome Residing: Youngsters’s Immune Methods After the Pandemic

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Healthy Living: Children’s Immune Systems After the Pandemic

The situation could return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic, but how will children’s immune systems react to the reopening?

The situation could return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic, but how will children’s immune systems react to the reopening?

Doctors say the pandemic has also resulted in a decline in routine care amid masking, social distancing, and hand washing.

“I think the biggest thing that makes us nervous now, and we’re trying to really try to catch up with all of the kids with their vaccines,” said Dr. Margaret Hennessy, Chair of Pediatrics, Ascension All Saints.

As COVID-19 cases increased and restrictions kept us at home, many children went to daycare, school, and even play dates without regular contact.

“We’re getting back together … and the concern is that we will spread other diseases that are vaccine-preventable.”

Some Dr. Hennessy that come to mind are tetanus, meningitis, HPV, and measles.

“It’s so contagious that if I had measles in part of my building, through the air ducts, it could spread to the whole building … If we leave bags unvaccinated, these diseases will come back.”

She also warns of an unexpected trend that doctors are seeing with RSV, the respiratory syncytial virus. It usually presents in the winter month, but Dr. Hennessy says it’s on the rise in the southern states.

“We’ve never been through this before so we don’t have a playbook,” she said.

RSV can be linked to serious illness in young children and older adults. There’s no vaccine for the virus, but Dr. Hennessy says doctors are keeping an eye on the potential for a move north.

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