WATCH — What is myocarditis and what does it have to do with COVID-19 vaccines?

Story by CBC Kids News • Published 2021-07-15 08:06

Experts say this condition is very rare



That’s a mouthful, and it’s a word you might have been hearing about lately in relation to the COVID-19 vaccines.

It’s pronounced MY-oh-card-EYE-tis.

Some people are experiencing the condition, which affects the heart, after getting vaccinated.

However, an Ontario Public Health report showed that any sort of post-vaccine complications, including myocarditis, are exceedingly rare. 

In fact, the consensus among medical experts is that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe.

What is myocarditis?

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle.

The most common symptoms are chest pain, trouble breathing and sensations of pressure on the chest.

Dr. Jacqueline Wong, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, said that, thankfully, myocarditis is pretty rare and the vast majority of hospitalized cases make a full recovery.

She said the illness can also happen with other types of vaccines and can also follow different types of infections.

It's still not clear how the condition is related to the COVID-19 vaccine, and Wong told CBC Kids News that scientists are still trying to figure that out.

“It probably has to do with how your immune system responds to the vaccine, and how it may over-respond to the vaccine.”

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