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Letters Long covid in children

Vaccinating children to prevent long covid? More caution is needed in interpreting current epidemiological data

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 24 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n520
  1. Sunil S Bhopal, academic clinical lecturer in population health paediatrics1,
  2. Michael Absoud, consultant and senior clinical lecturer in paediatric neurodisability2
  1. 1Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4AX, UK
  2. 2Evelina London Children's Hospital and Department of Women and Children's Health, King's College London, London, UK
  1. sunil.bhopal{at}

We are used to supporting children with chronic illness and have followed closely concerns raised by Simpson and Lokugamage regarding long covid in children.12 Media reports following the All Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus meeting on schools34 stated that “scientists called for reconsideration of covid-19 vaccinations for children” because of fears regarding the prevalence of the condition.5 The Office for National Statistics (ONS) prevalence of 12.9% (primary school age) …

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