2021-02-03

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    As 2020 comes to an end, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that, as of December 14, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide was 71.05 million, and the number of deaths reached 1.6 million.


    Figure 1: WHO global COVID-19 map

    Although most cases of infection and death are among adults, children of all ages can be infected by the COVID-19 virus. Children’s symptoms differ from those of adults, and many have no symptoms at all, but COVID-19 can still causes serious harm to children.

    Children and COVID-19


    According to statistics from the American Academy of Pediatrics, children account for approximately 10% of all COVID-19 cases in the United States. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that when children have worsened symptoms and are sent to the hospital, a considerable proportion develop severe illness and need to be sent to intensive care.


    In addition, children with chronic diseases (such as obesity, diabetes, and asthma) are at higher risk of severe illness after being infected by COVID-19. Children with congenital heart disease, genetic diseases, neurological diseases, or metabolic disease are also at high risk of serious illness after being infected with COVID-19.


    Flu Season and COVID-19


    In addition to COVID-19, other respiratory diseases tend to spread during the winter months, such as the common cold and influenza. The reduced immunity caused by influenza can increase the chance of contracting COVID-19.
    China’s COVID-19 cases remain very low, but sporadic outbreaks remind us that the threat is not gone altogether. Therefore, protecting your entire family from influenza is particularly important during this time. Studies have shown that vaccination is an effective, safe and economical way to prevent infectious diseases.


    Get vaccinated to prevent the flu


    The 2020-2021 influenza vaccination recommendations issued by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all people ≥ 6 months of age without contraindications should receive an influenza vaccination every year.


    According to the "Technical Guidelines for Influenza Vaccination in China (2020-2021)", it is recommended that the following groups of people receive influenza vaccines first:


    All people ≥50 years old
    Children aged 6-59 months
    Patients with chronic diseases
    Family members and caregivers of babies under 6 months of age
    Pregnant women or women preparing to become pregnant during flu season


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    Generally, a protective level of antibodies can be produced 2-4 weeks after vaccination, and can be maintained for 6-8 months. During the flu season, vaccination at any time can help prevent the flu.5
    Even if you have not shown any signs of illness, it is still necessary to get a flu vaccine. Jiahui actively strives to provide influenza vaccines to protect everyone's health, and the latest round of vaccines is now in stock. Please order as needed, and we will arrange vaccination based on the order of purchase.


    Jiahui Health
    If you wish to purchase a quadrivalent or trivalent flu vaccine, please call 400-868-3000.

    ● Applicable patients
    Patients over 3 years old


    ● Vaccination locations

    △ Xuihui
    Jiahui International Hospital/689 Guiping Road


    △ Jing'an

    Jiahui Health (Jing'an) Clinic/Room 101, 88 Changshu Road


    △ Yangpu

    Jiahui Health (Yangpu) Clinic/Floor 1-2, Building 3, 99 Jiangwancheng Road


    Please Note:

    - If the user applies for a refund or cancels after making an appointment, Jiahui Health will charge 10% of the vaccine service fee.
    - Children under than 3 years old are required to see a pediatrician before receiving a trivalent vaccine.


    References:
    [1]https://www.who.int/data
    [2]Puopolo K, etal. Initial guidance: Management of infants born to mothers with COVID-19.American Academy of Pediatrics. https://www.aappublications.org/news/2020/04/02/infantcovidguidance040220?cct=2287.Accessed April 4, 2020.
    [3] Coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19): Caring for children. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/children.html.Accessed April 8, 2020.
    [4]Hong H, et al.Clinical characteristics of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in new borns, infants and children. Pediatrics & Neonatology. 2020; doi:10.1016/j.pedneo.2020.03.001.
    [5]中国流感疫苗预防接种技术指南 (2020-2021)

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