CDC: More Unvaccinated Children Hospitalized

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According to the report published this week by the Us Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more unvaccinated children were hospitalized with Omicron than their vaccinated peers, writes USA Today.

The scientists at the CDC reportedly looked at the hospitalization data among children ages 5 to 11 in 14 states throughout the pandemic and found that “COVID-related hospitalization rates were about twice as high among unvaccinated children as those who were vaccinated during the omicron wave from December to February”.

COVID-19 is still an issue for kids. The assumptions that we had early on that children would not be severely affected by the virus need to be reconsidered with this new data.

– Dr. Emily Volk, president of the College of American Pathologists (source: USA Today)

CDC researches also reportedly found health disparities in the data — “Non-Hispanic Black children represented approximately one third of COVID-associated hospitalizations in this young age group, followed by white children at 31% and Hispanic children at 19%”, writes USA Today.

Dr. Ruth Kanthula, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at MedStar Health, told USA Today that it was disconcerting to notice the blacks and Latino kids were more hospitalized, who also suffer from higher rate obesity and diabetes. “The two are connected. As pediatricians, we need to sit down and think about how we can target these populations,” Dr. Kanthula is quoted saying.

Dr. Andrea Berry, a pediatric infectious disease physician at the University of Maryland Medical Center, told USA Today “Vaccination is a very important and safe way to address the risk of COVID-19 but I know that parents have concerns about it”.

Karen Ernst, program director of Voices for Vaccines, a family-led organization that provides parents with information on vaccines for their children, told USA Today “People are making their own risk assessment about the vaccines and COVID based on what they see personally or what other people around them think or believe. But people are really terrible at assessing their own personal risk – we’re all bad at it – especially when it comes to vaccination.”

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