Children aged 12 to 17 can be vaccinated against COVID-19 starting on May 25 in Quebec.
Please note that for children who are 12- and 13-year-old, the consent of a parent or guardian is required.
Health Canada has approved Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for use in children as young as 12 years of age.
Vaccination can be done in schools during the weeks of June 7 and 14 or in a vaccination clinic by appointment.
The second dose can be administered at the beginning of the school year.
It should be noted that the vaccine may have an impact on blood sugar levels. It is therefore recommended to check it regularly and to adjust the insulin according to it.
In Quebec, vaccination is open since Friday, April 23, 2021 for all people with chronic diseases.
Young people 16 years and older living with type 1 diabetes can now make an appointment at a pharmacy or a dedicated vaccination center.
As a reminder, based on available data, children with type 1 diabetes are no more likely to get COVID-19 than those without. Evidence from around the world suggests that children, including those with a variety of health problems, generally experience mild symptoms of COVID-19.
The recommended preventive measures such as hand washing, masks or face covers and distancing oneself are still required.
At for the latest news, there is no conclusive evidence that a Type 1 diabetic person, whose diabetes is well controlled, is more at risk of contracting the disease.
The risk of developing complications might be higher, especially if the person suffers from kidney disease or if the diabetes is not well controlled. But then again, there is not enough evidence that this is the case.
What are the symptoms
Being infected with COVID-19 can go unnoticed. Some people are infected without any sign. Others will develop a few symptoms:
– Getting fever (rectal temperature): 38°C = 100,4°F
– Having a hard time to breathe;
– Loosing suddenly the smell and/or the taste.
Symptoms can take uup to 14 days before showing. They can be light et look like a simple cold. They might also be more severe, such as pneumonia and pulmonary insufficiency symptoms.
As for each infection, it is important to well manage diabetes and watch more frequently the glycemia.
A few children might carry the COVID-19 without showing any symptoms. That is why we should keep cautious and apply preventive measures (wash thoroughly the hands, social distancing).
What doctors are saying
Insulin and medical supplies
There is no shortage of insulin, Glucagon, Dexcom and its supplies at the moment. Should the situation change, there would be an update on this website.
Stress, anxiety and distress
Do you feel anxious? Is it getting harder to communicate as a family? Are the youngsters getting apart from the rest of the family?
There is help. Fred has set a counseling service with a mental health professional. This service is confidential and free. You may ask your questions to the psychologist.
Going back to school: What doctors think
Health professionals agree on the following facts:
- On one hand, diabetic children do not seem to be more at risk than other kids to be infected by the Coronavirus.
- On the other hand, when children are sick, they seem to have less severe symptoms than adults. Doctors recommend to follow the very same recommendations they give for when they are ill (adjust insulin, check ketones and contact your medical team if needed).
Sending a diabetic child to school remains the parents’ personal choice.
Here are a few advices for those who decide to send their children to school.
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