Tips to prepare your child back to school

The little ones are finally back to their kindergartens or preschools! My son happens to be one of them. I am sure everyone must be having mixed feelings – relief that they will be catching up with their learning but fearing them catching germs, mainly COVID-19.

Besides practising frequent hand washing, wearing face masks, and social distancing, please ensure that your children’s vaccination is up to date. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only disrupted our way of living, the economy, and emotional well-being but also paved the way for more vaccine-preventable diseases to emerge due to vaccine disruption.

With regards to vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO recommendations include prioritizing pneumococcal and influenza vaccination, especially for vulnerable populations – healthcare workers, children, older adults and pregnant mothers. Vaccination will help in preventing co-infection with COVID-19. For example, it is not unusual to have a lung infection caused by the influenza virus and pneumococcal at the same time which increases the severity of the disease.

With that, I would like to thank The Star for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts on the importance of influenza vaccination for children as they return to school.

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