‘Toxic’ to baby’s immune system and lungs: Experts
A study of children who were given a daily vaccine against the coronavirus has found that the vaccine did not protect them from developing a chronic form of the illness, and they also had higher levels of certain viruses and antibodies to them.
The study, led by scientists at Johns Hopkins University, was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers analyzed a group of 1,824 children between the ages of 5 and 14, and found that while those given the MMR vaccine had a statistically significant drop in the amount of viruses and antibody levels that were detected in their saliva, they did not have any measurable effect on their immune systems.
They also found that even after all the immune cells had been removed, the children with the MMR vaccination had significantly higher levels than the children who had not received the vaccine.
This was a significant finding, said lead author Dr. Matthew J. Wiesner, who led the study.
“This is an interesting result, and the results are consistent with a protective effect of the vaccine against influenza, but not for the coronovirus.”
The results were consistent with what had been shown in other studies, Wiesneder said.
“There is a relationship between immunity and the presence of certain proteins in the immune system,” he said.
“But these proteins can be changed, so there is no specific mechanism by which they would protect against a virus or a virus-induced condition.”
If we want to be sure, we need to find out whether or not there is a mechanism that might protect against both influenza and coronaviruses, and that is a very important question.
“The vaccine for children aged 5 to 14 had been used to protect about half of the children in the study, and some of the infants, who were vaccinated for influenza, were found to have significantly higher antibody levels than their counterparts who did not.
Wiesner said he hopes the findings will lead to further research to determine whether or how vaccines that protect against viruses and viruses-induced conditions can help protect against COVID-19.”
We have shown that a vaccine that is very well tolerated can reduce the incidence of COVID in children,” Wiesners said.
The vaccine is manufactured by Merck.
The CDC has a vaccine schedule that protects more than half of all Americans against COV-19, and it has been approved for use in children in a handful of states.
The schedule is designed to prevent the spread of the virus to those who are susceptible.
For more information on the pandemic, see CDC at www.cdc.gov.