6 hospitalized in one day – NBC New York
New Jersey has reported a one-day high number of a dangerous multisystem inflammatory syndrome called MIS-C in children, the state’s health commissioner said Monday.
Of the six new cases reported on Friday, all of the children are currently in hospital, according to Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli who warned parents that COVID-19 cases are not always mild in children and urged everyone around children who are not eligible for the vaccine to protect them by getting vaccinated.
Persichilli also said Monday that there have been four pediatric deaths, including three infants, associated with coronavirus in the state since Christmas. She added that there were no reports of “significant underlying conditions” for any of the children.
The latest deaths were of two infants under 10 months old, the health commissioner said. In total, there have been 12 pediatric deaths statewide.
“While it is difficult to know for certain whether COVID-19 directly contributed to these deaths as opposed to what is called accidental infection, I would like to remind parents to take all necessary precautions to prevent infants to be exposed to the virus,” Persichilli said. .
“This includes making sure those around your infants are up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and avoiding crowded gatherings,” she added.
Several studies have shown that vaccines are very effective in preventing hospitalizations. A published by the CDC, which looked at hospitalizations in 10 states, found that booster shots were even more effective against the last flare of the omicron variant (94%) compared to the flare of the delta variant (90%). ), Persichilli said.
She also cited another study that found unvaccinated Americans ages 50 and older were about 45 times more likely to be hospitalized than those who had been vaccinated and received a third dose.
Children under 5 are still not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine – and now hospitals are seeing an increase in the number of children infected with the Omicron variant of the virus. In New York, pediatric hospitalizations have quadrupled. And the data shows that huge percentages of children with COVID have not yet been fully vaccinated, either by choice or because they are not eligible, says Dr. Colleen Kraft of Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.