Vaccine for children could protect against Covid-19, claims researcher.
Cross-immunity from pediatric tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine could protect children against coronavirus, an investigation carried out by Pedro A. Reche, from the Immunology Department of the Complutense University of Madrid has found.
Covid-19 severely affects the elderly while children are largely protected, said the researcher.
“In this study, the possible cross-immunity induced by pediatric vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 has been evaluated, concluding that the vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP) may be responsible for said protection,” said Reche.
His work, published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, explains that this immunity would be responsible for Covid-19 affecting children and adults differently.
SARS-CoV-2 “hardly harms children”, who usually experience the disease with very mild symptoms compared to older people.
The conclusion reached by Reche is that children would already be protected against the coronavirus thanks to the immunity obtained through vaccines.
Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis are given during the first year of a child’s life and then they receive a booster between the ages of four and six followed by a dose with less load from nine to 14.
“This immunity disappears over time, which is why it is in adults who are most affected by the coronavirus, especially the elderly,” said Reche.
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