Pediatric COVID-19 cases in Michigan approach record levels, leaving doctors worried
(WXYZ) – The FDA appears to be nearing approval of a COVID-19 recall for all adults. It comes amid the growing number of COVID-19 infections in children.
There are 60 children hospitalized with the virus in Michigan, a 54% jump in just two weeks.
The pediatric vaccination rate is also low, with only 8% of children aged 5 to 11 receiving a dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Sixty children at the hospital is not too far from the state’s peak, which was set on April 20 with 70 children.
The concern is not only with children who are battling the virus, but also any other complications that the virus can cause.
“It impacted our schools. It impacted our sports for our kids, and obviously we want to do everything we can to protect our kids,” said Veronica McNally, Michigan State public health advocate. University.
This includes meeting parents where they are when it comes to immunizing their children.
Many of them have questions, which is why the state health service has assembled a panel of doctors to provide them with answers.
“We have seen more patients in the hospital with COVID. Children in particular,” said Dr. Elizabeth Lloyd of Michigan Medicine.
She added that six children are being treated at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.
She has also seen many younger patients arrive with multi-inflammatory syndrome or MIS-C, a complication of COVID-19.
“We’ve also seen children come in with several viruses. It doesn’t mean the vaccines don’t work,” Lloyd added.
According to the CDC, 94 children aged 5 to 11 have died since the start of the pandemic.
Serious illness and death are not common in children, but it can happen, and the vaccine is the best line of defense, according to Lloyd.
“While that doesn’t seem like a high number compared to what we’ve seen in adults, 94 deaths in the 5-11 age group really end up making COVID one of the top ten causes of deaths in that specific age group, ”Lloyd says.
McNally echoes Lloyd’s concerns and calls on parents to take advantage of a tool that saves lives.
“This vaccine is safe and effective and it is now a vaccine preventable disease. If you have questions, get answers because this disease is unfortunately here to stay,” she said.
Experts say the lower vaccination rate in children is one of the reasons coronavirus infections are skyrocketing and the holidays could make matters worse.
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