CDC director pleads with US parents to vaccinate their teens after report shows hospitalizations for kids ages 12-17 rose in April
- A new CDC report looked at coronavirus hospitalizations for children ages 12 to 17 from January to April of this year
- Researchers found 204 adolescents in 14 states were hospitalized primarily for COVID-19 with 31.4% admitted to ICUs and 4.9% requiring intubation
- CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky said the findings ‘concerned’ her with rates rates rising from 0.6 admissions per 100,000 in March to 1.3 per 100,000 in April
- She urged parents to vaccinate their teenagers and said shots are ‘the way out of this pandemic’
- Parents and doctors have been debating about whether or not to vaccinate children because they make up 0.1% of all coronavirus deaths
It comes as a new report from the federal health agency found that COVID-19-related hospitalizations in U.S. children between ages 12 and 17 rose by 116 percent in April.
At the time, vaccines were not approved for youngsters under age 16, with Pfizer-BioNTech getting the official nod from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 10.
The report found one out of three kids who were hospitalized required admission to intensive care units (ICUs) and nearly five percent needed mechanical ventilation.
In a statement released on Friday accompanying the study, Dr Rochelle Walensky said the findings worried her.
‘I am deeply concerned by the numbers of hospitalized adolescents and saddened to see the number of adolescents who required treatment in intensive care units or mechanical ventilation,’ the statement read.
‘Much of this suffering can be prevented.’
For the study, published in the CDC’s weekly MMWR report, the team looked at hospitalizations in children ages 12 to 17 from January 1 to April 24, 2021.
Researchers found a small group, 204 adolescents in 14 states, who were likely hospitalized primarily for COVID-19.
Another 172 who were hospitalized had a positive test, but were looked at separately because their primary reason for admission might not have been directly related to the virus.
Weekly hospitalizations for this age bracket peaked in January at 2.1 admissions per 100,000 children in January.
The rate then declined to as low as 0.6 per 100,000 in mid-March before rising by 116 percent to 1.3 per 100,000 in April.
Of the group of 204 kids, 31.4 percent had to be admitted to ICUs and 4.9 percent required intubation. None of the hospitalized children died.
According to the CDC, rates of COVID hospitalizations in kids were between 2.5 and three times higher than the rates during the 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 flu seasons.
But rates of COVID hospitalization in children were also 12.5 times lower than rates for aged 18 and older, the agency said.
Despite the lower hospitalization rate and the fact that the study groups was so small, Walensky encouraged vaccination.
‘Vaccination is our way out of this pandemic,’ she said in her statement.
‘I continue to see promising signs in CDC data that we are nearing the end of this pandemic in this country; however, we all have to do our part and get vaccinated to cross the finish line.’
More than a quarter of all children between ages 12 and 17 have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine in the U.S.
Since the Pfizer shot was approved for emergency use in teenagers, 6.5 million out of 25 million have gotten an initial dose, or 26 percent.
An additional 2.3 million youngsters are fully vaccinated, according to data from the CDC.
During a press conference on Wednesday, President Joe Biden encouraged even more young Americans to to get the shot.
Pfizer’s clinical trial data found that out of 2,200 teenage participants, a total of 18 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the placebo group while no cases were reported in the vaccine group.
This means that the vaccine was 100 percent safe and effective in 12-to-15-year-olds, according to the researchers.
Editors note: H/T Bekahlyons
Some key questions that must be clarified for any of the above statements and data have any meaning:
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) June 4, 2021
188 children died during 2019-’20 flu season.
- 57% (107) deaths occurred in children 5-17 years old for 2019-’20 flu season.
- CDC’s estimates of hospitalizations and mortality associated with the 2019–’20 influenza season show the effects that influenza virus infections can have on society. More than 52,000 hospitalizations occurred in children aged < 18 years
- Track each year over last decade here for 18 and under deaths and hospitalization rates for a flu season.
- Why does this read like propaganda intended to influence parents to vaccinate their child for COVID -19?
- Official CDC statement as part of the study referenced in article:
“Among 376 adolescents hospitalized during January 1–March 31, 2021, who received a positive SARS-CoV-2 laboratory test result, 172 (45.7%) were analyzed separately because their primary reason for admission might not have been directly COVID-19–related (Table). Among the 204 patients who were likely admitted primarily for COVID-19–related illness, 52.5% were female, 31.4% were Hispanic or Latino (Hispanic), and 35.8% were non-Hispanic Black. Overall, 70.6% had one or more underlying medical conditions, the most common of which were obesity (35.8%), chronic lung disease, including asthma (30.9%), and neurologic disorders (14.2%); 31.4% of patients required ICU admission and 4.9% required invasive mechanical ventilation, but there were no associated deaths.”
“The findings in this report are subject to at least five limitations. First, the primary reason for hospital admission was not always clear, and some (45.7%) adolescents who met the COVID-NET case definition were hospitalized for reasons that might not have been primarily related to COVID-19, despite a positive SARS-CoV-2 laboratory test result; these hospitalizations were included in rate calculations. Thus, rates of hospitalizations for COVID-19 might be overestimated. Second, laboratory confirmation depends on clinician-ordered testing and hospital testing policies for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-NET) and influenza (FluSurv-NET); consequently, hospitalization rates might also be underestimated. Given more widespread testing for SARS-CoV-2 compared with influenza, the lack of adjustment for testing practices likely disproportionately affects influenza rates compared with COVID-19 rates. Third, adolescents hospitalized with MIS-C might not be identified if testing occurred >14 days before admission, potentially leading to an underestimate of severe COVID-19–associated disease. Fourth, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine had been approved for and administered to adolescents aged 16–17 years during this study period; therefore, rates of COVID-19–associated hospitalization in adolescents aged 16–17 years might differ from those in adolescents aged 12–15 years who were not previously eligible for vaccination, and could affect the overall hospitalization rate for all adolescents. Finally, hospitalization rates are preliminary and might change as additional data are reported.”
- There are adverse reactions reported in children and teens who have gotten the vaccines.
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