Teenage boys are 14 TIMES more likely to experience rare heart inflammation after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine than girls - but rarely require intensive care or die, small study finds
Teenage boys are much more likely to experience heart inflammation after a COVID-19 vaccine than girls, a new study finds
Doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital studied a small group of patients under age 19 who had myocarditis after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Among 15 patients studied at Boston Children's Hospital, 14 were boys
None of the patients died or required intensive care, and all were out of the hospital within five days
The findings indicate heart inflammation is a serious risk for teen boys who get vaccinated, but it's a much lower risk than getting Covid itself
Researchers found that none of the patients died or even required intensive care. All were out of the hospital within five days and most had recovered from the heart inflammation within two weeks.
While inflammation after vaccination is a much lower risk for teenagers than actually getting a Covid infection, the researchers say more long-term follow-up is needed for patients who experience this condition.
Pictured: A 12-year-old boy gets vaccinated in Jerusalem, Israel"
In May 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12 to 15.
In the months since, doctors have identified a rare side effect of this vaccine - and Moderna's vaccine - for adolescents.
Teens who get vaccinated are at risk of myocarditis, a condition in which the patient's heart is inflamed, which causes chest pains and other related symptoms.
About 1,200 myocarditis cases have been identified so far among teenagers who received the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
The risk is much higher for teenage boys than for girls. For boys between the ages of 12 and 17, about 63 myocarditis cases have been identified for every one million vaccine recipients.