Almost a third of hospitalized children were admitted to intensive care units, and 4.9% needed ventilators.
In the United States announced an increase in hospitalizations for coronavirus among children / photo REUTERS
In the United States, adolescents are asked to be vaccinated against coronavirus as soon as possible. The problem is that more children have been hospitalized with this diagnosis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States (CDC), new data from the agency’s researchers showed that every third adolescent who contracted COVID-19 earlier this year needed hospitalization, writes Reuters.
CDC Director Rochelle Valensky has expressed concern about this. She noted that in some cases, adolescents need artificial lung ventilation.
“I am deeply concerned about the number of hospitalized adolescents and the frustration with the number of adolescents who needed treatment in intensive care units or artificial ventilation,” Valenski said.
The CDC report states that the level of hospitalization due to COVID-19 in the United States has increased significantly among adolescents aged 12 to 17 years. Of the 204 adolescents hospitalized from January 1 to March 31, 31.4% were hospitalized in the intensive care unit and about 5% required mechanical ventilation.
Valenski noted that these sufferings could have been avoided if the children had been vaccinated.
“The increase in hospitalizations among people aged 12 to 17 may be due to an increase in more contagious variants of the coronavirus, a large number of children returning to school and other indoor activities, and a change in physical distance, wearing masks and other preventive actions “, – researchers of the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe, reports CNN.
We will remind, in the European Union start vaccinating teenagers against a coronavirus. Children from 12 years of age can be vaccinated.
Meanwhile, British health experts are urging people not to rush to vaccinate minors against coronavirus.
“Children transmit COVID-19 to some degree, but they themselves rarely suffer from the disease. If you offer them vaccines, you will put them at risk because of possible side effects,” explains Professor Adam Finn of the University of Bristol.
Note that two manufacturers of coronavirus vaccines, including Moderna and Pfizer and BioNTech, have already announced successful trials of their drug in adolescents. Currently, the developers are testing their drugs on children from six months to 11 years.
And today it became known that in China, the Sinovac vaccine, which is used in Ukraine and recently approved by the WHO, has been allowed to be administered to children and adolescents. Preliminary results from clinical trials have shown that the vaccine can cause immunity in people aged 3 to 17 years, and most side effects were mild.
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