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CDC Urges The Parents To Vaccinate Their Teenagers To Avoid Much Of The Suffering

CDC Urges The Parents To Vaccinate Their Teenagers To Avoid Much Of The Suffering

Health and medical experts are suggesting the parents of teenagers vaccinate their children against covid-19.

The recommendations are following after a report published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Urges The Parents To Vaccinate Their Teenagers To Avoid Much Of The Suffering

The report shows an increase in the rate of hospitalization during the months prior to the beginning of vaccination for 12 years and older.

CDC Urges The Parents To Vaccinate Their Teenagers To Avoid Much Of The Suffering

Disclosure of the surveillance system:

COVID-NET is a surveillance system owned by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It covers roughly 10% of the population of the states.

According to the recent report based on the observation of the surveillance system, the rate of hospitalization among teenagers aged between 12-17 years of age increased between March to April.

The rates strikingly shot up after experiencing a decline during January and February, as recorded in the Morbidity and Mortality weekly report of the CDC published on Friday.

204  teenage patients were admitted to the hospital in the period between January 1 to March 31.

More than 30% of these patients were admitted to the intensive care unit and 5% of the patients were put on mechanical life support or ventilation.

Another statistic shows that Blacks and Latinos constituted more than  35% of these admitted patients.

Experts point of view:

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, stated in a report that the findings of the surveillance system were sad and concerning.

Walensky further added that much of the agony can be averted by vaccination, she urged the parents, caregivers, and family members of the adolescents to cooperate with her and discuss with the teenagers the importance of the preventive measures that come in the form of vaccination.

Out of the admitted teenagers, about 70% had some chronic health issues like obesity, chronic lung disease or asthma, and neurological disorders.

According to a pediatrician at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center, New Hyde Park, in New York, Dr. Henry Bernstein, about 30% of the teenagers who were admitted were perfectly healthy, which is a point of concern.

Bernstein, a member of the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices, (ACIP) of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention emphasizes that vaccination is not just for individuals with compromised immunity, but it is equally important for healthy people as well. 

Contrary belief:

Some experts are of the opinion that the medical personnel is rushing into the vaccination of the children and adolescents without enough evidence of any serious health concern to the particular age group.

The above observation comes on the basis of the hospitalization rate among teenagers that continues to be 12.5 times lower than that of individuals aged 18 years and above.

Moreover, the vaccine safety group of the CDC was into investigating the risk of developing myocarditis, a heart inflammation condition among children associated as a side effect of m-RNA Covid vaccination.

The reported cases were not severe and the patients recovered within a short while, the possibility of any long-term cardiac damage was unclear, as stated by Dr. Cody Meissner, the head of the pediatric infectious disease at the Tuft’s Children Hospital.

The current picture:

According to current CDC data, 2.3 million individuals of the age group 12-17 years have received full vaccination. 

Some medical experts perceive that the data may be inaccurate in terms of the effect of covid-19 o teenage population as it is solely based on the details retrieved from hospitalization and covid positive diagnose cases. 

The data did not account for the hospital admission caused by Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children (MIS-C).

Experts like Bernstein believe that children having MIS-C does not often test positive for covid-19, it is the presence of antibody that can indicate an infection, the actual picture of the impact of covid-19 in children and teenagers might still be under account. 

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