Friday February 28, 2020

Full Vaccination of Children Reduces the Risk of Hospitalisation: Study

Full flu vaccination cuts child hospitalisations in half

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Researchers have found that fully vaccinated children reduced the risk of hospitalisation for complications associated with influenza by 54 per cent. Pixabay

According to a latest health news researchers have found that fully vaccinated children reduced the risk of hospitalisation for complications associated with influenza by 54 per cent.

The study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Disease, tested the effectiveness of childhood vaccination against influenza and risk of hospitalisation due to influenza complications.

In Israel, as in the US, government guidelines recommend that children aged 8 or younger who have never been vaccinated, or who have only had one dose of flu vaccine previously, should receive two doses of vaccine.

“Children vaccinated according to government guidelines are much better protected from influenza than those who only receive one vaccine, said study lead author Hannah Segaloff from University of Michigan in the US.

According to the researchers, over half of our study population had underlying conditions that may put them at high risk for severe influenza-related complications, so preventing influenza in this group is critically important.

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Young children who aren’t vaccinated are at high risk of hospitalisation due to influenza complications. Pixabay

“Our results also showed that the vaccine was effective in three different seasons with different circulating viruses, reinforcing the importance of getting an influenza vaccine every year no matter what virus is circulating,” Hannah said.

The retrospective study used data from Clalit Health Services, the largest health fund in Israel, to review the vaccination data of 3,746 hospitalisations of children 6 months to 8 years old at six hospitals in Israel. They were tested for influenza over three winter seasons 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Not only do the findings reveal that the flu vaccine reduced hospitalizations associated with the flu by 54 per cent, but they show that giving two vaccine doses to children up to age 8 who have never been vaccinated or only received one dose previously is more effective than administering one dose, in accordance with the Israel Ministry of Health recommendations.

“Young children are at high risk of hospitalisation due to influenza complications. Children with underlying illnesses such as asthma and heart disease have an even greater risk of getting the complications. It is important to prevent influenza infections in these populations,” said study co-author Mark Katz, from The Clalit Research Institute in Israel.

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The findings support health organisations’ recommendations to vaccinate children against influenza every year, preferably before the onset of winter or early childhood. Children under 5 are defined as having a high risk of influenza complications, the researchers said. (IANS)

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Advantages of Enrolling Your Kids in Singapore

Singapore is a rich country and you can expect nothing less when it comes to education

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Enrolling your kids to study in Singapore is definitely a great choice. This is perfect for parents who work a lot in Singapore so you get to settle down with the entire family rather than going back and forth for few days of vacation only. Wikimedia Commons

Singapore is known to be one of the leading countries in the world in terms of global commerce, finance, tourism and education. It is the world’s capital for global affairs. Thus, it is not surprising that many expats are living in the country. Growing numbers of families from different parts of the world decide to settle down and build a life in this small but very rich country.

In this article, we will discuss some advantages of enrolling your kid to an International School in Singapore maybe under IB DP or International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. This is perfect for expats who are running a business in the country or to those who are looking to settle down and start a family.

  • Highest quality of education in the world

The government of Singapore takes education very seriously. As a country taking great pride with strong economy, they wish to see future leaders that will continue the efforts of today’s leaders and with that, they ensure that schools in the country starting from preparatory to university offers the highest possible quality of education any parent would want for their children. 

  • Cost effective

Highest quality education does not necessarily mean highest tuition fee too, at least not in Singapore. Your children will surely get a world-class education and the best part is that the price you pay is not ridiculously high compared to those in Europe and USA Still, Singaporean credentials are highly acknowledged and demanded in the world.

  • Safe campuses

Living in a foreign country can be scary in the beginning most especially sending out your kids to school for the first time. As parents, you wish to ensure safety of your kids when they are not at home. Choosing to enroll your kids in an International School will give you assurance that your kids are in safe hands. The campuses are safe for the kids with security personnel in different areas of the school as well as security cameras. They guarantee you of your kid’s safety and wellness while inside the campus.

  • Modern technology and advanced facilities

Singapore is a rich country and you can expect nothing less when it comes to education. Schools and universities are equipped with modern technology and advanced educational facilities to provide highest quality of education for the students. Every technology, facility and design has been carefully formulated to give the students the best academic and extracurricular activities they need to eventually become the best versions of themselves.

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Singapore is known to be one of the leading countries in the world in terms of global commerce, finance, tourism and education. Pixabay
  • Happy and friendly community

School is the second home of children. They develop not only their wisdom but also their personalities and behaviours. Researches have shown that school has a great impact in the development of growing children. They deserve to have not only the best education but also great sets of friends and classmates and supportive and caring teachers and faculty. Also, enrolling your kids to international school in Singapore widens their perspective as they are being exposed to children and teachers from different parts of the world. It is indeed a great experience for them.

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Enrolling your kids to study in Singapore is definitely a great choice. This is perfect for parents who work a lot in Singapore so you get to settle down with the entire family rather than going back and forth for few days of vacation only.