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CDC concerned over rising cases of teen hospitalization

Concern around rising adolescent hospitalization. CDC Director urges vaccination of teens.

Where: United States

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▪ CDC Director Rochelle Walensky urged parents to convince their adolescent children to continue wearing masks until they are fully vaccinated and encourage them to get vaccinated because reports have shown a rise in the number of adolescents hospitalized.

▪ Walensky stated, “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 CDC has summarized its report, “COVID-19 adolescent hospitalization rates from COVID-NET peaked at 2.1 per 100,000 in early January 2021, declined to 0.6 in mid-March, and rose to 1.3 in April.”

▪ The report added, “Among hospitalized adolescents, nearly one-third required intensive care unit admission, and 5% required invasive mechanical ventilation; no associated deaths occurred.”

▪ On May 12th, the CDC recommended using the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in people 12 years and older. As of June 3rd, more than 5.9 million adolescents (12-17 years) have been vaccinated at least once.

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