Harvard medicine professor warns that children should not get vaccinated against COVID-19
Friday, October 29, 2021 by: Matthew Davis
“I don’t think children should be vaccinated for COVID. I’m a huge fan of vaccinating children for measles, for mumps, for polio, for rotavirus and many other diseases, that’s critical. But COVID is not a huge threat to children,” Martin Kulldorff told EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders Program.”
“They can be infected, just like they can get the common cold, but they’re not a big threat. They don’t die from this, except in very rare circumstances. So if you want to talk about protecting children or keeping children safe, I think we can talk about traffic accidents, for example, which they are really at some risk.” (Related: Pfizer betting big on steady stream of adults and children getting yearly CIVUD-19 vaccines… it’s all about profits.)
Instead of getting support from medical experts, vaccinating healthy young people – particularly children – has triggered more opposition, in part because of how small the risk COVID-19 poses to them.
Flu poses more risks to children than COVID-19
Kulldorf said children are more likely to contract serious disease or die from the flu than from COVID-19. Just 195 children under the age of four and 442 between five and 18 have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. as of Oct. 20, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Children are 15 times less likely to be hospitalized with the disease than individuals who are 85 or older, and 570 times less likely to die.
The professor cited what happened in Sweden as an example.
“During the first wave in the spring of 2020, which affected Sweden quite strongly, the country decided to keep daycare and schools open for all children ages 1 to 15. And there are 1.8 million such children who got through the first wave without vaccines, of course, without masks, without any sort of distancing in schools,” Kulldorff said.
“If a child was sick, they were told to stay home. But that was basically it. And you know how many of those 1.8 million children died from COVID? Zero. Only a few hospitalizations. So this is not a risky disease for children.”
Risks outweigh benefits of COVID-19 vaccine for children
Kulldorf noted that the risk of vaccine side effects to children must also be taken into account. (Related: Health freedom alert: Britain to ban everyone from privately discussing vaccine ingredients, side effects and damage to children.)
The main risk to young people seen so far is heart inflammation, which has occurred post-vaccination at much higher than expected rates. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added a warning label to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines over the summer about myocarditis and pericarditis, two types of heart inflammation.
“If you’re 78 years old, then it’s the no-brainer, in my view, because the benefits are so great that even if you have a small risk for some adverse reaction, the benefit far outweighs the risk,” Kulldorff said.
“On the other hand, if you already have immunity from having had COVID, then the benefits of the vaccines are much, much smaller. If you’re a child, even if you haven’t had COVID, the risk of serious disease or death is minuscule. So it’s not at all clear that the benefits outweigh the risks for children.”
Still, members of the FDA advisory panel advised the agency to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in children between 5 and 11. They said the benefits of vaccinating the age group, such as the predicted decrease in hospitalizations, outweighed the risks – including estimated incidence of myocarditis.
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哈佛醫學院的一位醫學教授警告說，兒童不應接種武漢冠狀病毒 (COVID-19) 疫苗。
“我認為兒童不應該接種 COVID 疫苗。我非常喜歡為兒童接種麻疹、腮腺炎、脊髓灰質炎、輪狀病毒和許多其他疾病的疫苗，這很關鍵。但 COVID 對兒童並不是一個巨大的威脅，”馬丁·庫爾多夫告訴 EpochTV 的“美國思想領袖計劃”。
“他們可以被感染，就像他們可以感染普通感冒一樣，但他們不是一個大威脅。他們不會因此而死，除非在極少數情況下。因此，如果您想談論保護兒童或確保兒童安全，我認為我們可以談論交通事故，例如，他們確實面臨一些風險。” （相關：輝瑞（Pfizer）押注源源不斷的成人和兒童每年接種 CIVUD-19 疫苗……一切都與利潤有關。）
為健康的年輕人（尤其是兒童）接種疫苗沒有得到醫學專家的支持，反而引發了更多的反對，部分原因是 COVID-19 對他們構成的風險很小。
流感對兒童的風險比 COVID-19 更大
庫爾多夫說，與 COVID-19 相比，兒童更容易感染嚴重疾病或死於流感。根據疾病控制與預防中心 (CDC) 的數據，截至 10 月 20 日，美國祇有 195 名 4 歲以下兒童和 442 名 5 至 18 歲兒童死於 COVID-19。
與 85 歲或 85 歲以上的人相比，兒童因該病住院的可能性要低 15 倍，死亡的可能性要低 570 倍。
“在 2020 年春季的第一波疫情期間，瑞典決定對所有 1 至 15 歲的兒童開放日托和學校。有 180 萬這樣的兒童在沒有接種疫苗的情況下度過了第一波疫情，當然，沒有口罩，在學校也沒有任何距離，”庫爾多夫說。
“如果孩子生病了，他們會被告知待在家裡。但基本上就是這樣。你知道這 180 萬兒童中有多少死於 COVID 嗎？零。只有幾次住院。因此，這對兒童來說不是一種危險的疾病。”
兒童 COVID-19 疫苗的風險大於益處
Kulldorf 指出，還必須考慮疫苗對兒童產生副作用的風險。 （相關：健康自由警報：英國禁止所有人私下討論疫苗成分、副作用和對兒童的傷害。）
迄今為止，年輕人面臨的主要風險是心臟炎症，其發生在疫苗接種後的發生率遠高於預期。美國食品和藥物管理局 (FDA) 在今年夏天為輝瑞和 Moderna 疫苗添加了關於心肌炎和心包炎這兩種心臟炎症的警告標籤。
“如果你已經 78 歲了，那麼在我看來，這是不費吹灰之力的，因為好處非常大，即使你有一些不良反應的風險很小，但好處遠遠大於風險，”庫爾多夫說。
“另一方面，如果你已經對 COVID 產生了免疫力，那麼疫苗的好處就會小得多。如果您還是個孩子，即使您沒有感染過 COVID，患嚴重疾病或死亡的風險也是微乎其微的。因此，對於兒童的益處是否大於風險，這一點完全不清楚。”
儘管如此，FDA 諮詢小組的成員仍建議 FDA 授權輝瑞的 COVID-19 疫苗用於 5 至 11 歲的兒童。他們表示，為該年齡段的兒童接種疫苗的好處，例如住院人數的預期減少，超過了風險——包括估計心肌炎的發病率。