Hospital admissions skyrocket in US for children not eligible for COVID vaccines – nationally

Hospital admissions of U.S. children under the age of five with COVID-19 have risen to their highest level in recent weeks since the pandemic began, according to government data released Friday on the only age group not yet eligible for the vaccine.

The worrying trend in children being too young to be vaccinated underscores the need for older children and adults to get their shots to protect those around them, Drs. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Since mid-December, when the highly contagious omicron variant has spread furiously around the country, the hospitalization rate for these youngest children has risen to more than 4 out of 100,000 young people, up from 2.5 per year. 100,000.

It compares with a current rate of around 1 per. 100,000 for children aged 5 to 17 according to CDC data.

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In a statement, Walensky said that although children still have the lowest hospitalization rate of any age group, “pediatric hospitalizations are at their highest level compared to any earlier point in the pandemic.”


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At a briefing, she said the numbers include children hospitalized for COVID-19 and those hospitalized for other reasons but who were found to be infected.

She noted that just over 50% of children aged 12 to 18 are fully vaccinated, and only 16% of these 5 to 11 are fully vaccinated.

As of Tuesday, the average number of children and teens hospitalized per day was COVID-19,766, double the number reported just two weeks ago.


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At a White House briefing this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top American expert in infectious diseases, says that many children hospitalized with COVID-19 have other health conditions that make them more susceptible to complications from the virus. It includes obesity, diabetes and lung diseases.

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Fauci and Walensky have stressed that one of the best ways to protect the youngest children is to vaccinate everyone else.

Data suggest that boostershots provide the best protection against omicron, and the CDC recommended them this week for children as young as 12. Among older ages already eligible, only 34% have received them.

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The increase in hospitalizations only raises the concerns of parents who are concerned about how they can protect their infants and toddlers.

Emily Hojara and Eli Zilke from Sawyer, Michigan, are extra protective of their daughter Flora, who turns 2 in May. They restrict her contact with other children and no visitors are allowed in the house unless they are masked, not even grandparents.

“It has been a struggle and now with this new variant I feel it has hit us back,” Hojara said. She said the new hospitalization data “just reminds you that that anxiety is hovering really close.”

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“It’s scary that she can not be vaccinated,” Hojara said of her daughter.

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Dr. Jennifer Kusma, a pediatrician at Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital, said she’s seen an increasing number of children hospitalized with omicron, and although most are not seriously ill, she understands the parents’ concerns.

“As a pediatrician, I really wish we already had that vaccine for these young children,” Kusma said. But she added that what may seem like a long wait should reassure parents that vaccine testing will not be rushed.


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Many had hoped that the new year could bring a vaccine to young children, but Pfizer announced last month that two doses did not provide as much protection as hoped for young people aged 2 to 4.

Pfizer’s study has been updated to give everyone under 5 a third dose, and data are expected in early spring.

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