Jacksonville pediatric hospitalist expects to see more admissions

If your child is under age 12, Dr. Asma Salahuddin that parents should take necessary precautions to protect them.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — Staff are busier and patients are sicker. That’s how dr. Asma Salahuddin, children’s hospital, described the daily grind at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

For the Jacksonville doctor, working during the pandemic was exhausting. She sees more patients coming than last year and most are unvaccinated.

“Unfortunately, I see more adolescents being admitted,” said Dr. Salahuddin.

Since the pandemic began, Wolfson Children’s Hospital said seven patients have died from COVID-19. Four of the seven have died since June 2021.

The hospital recently confirmed that two children have died this week from the virus. One of them was two weeks old. Two more children were hospitalized on Thursday.

“I think we will continue to see an increase in admissions,” the children’s hospital added.

dr. However, Salahuddin is not giving up. When asked what keeps her moving, she said “it’s the kids” and described them as resilient.

“You can help them. Eventually the majority of them get better,” she said.

The work isn’t done yet. dr. Salahuddin hopes that families will do their part to protect children. She strongly recommends that children over the age of 12 get vaccinated.

If your child is under the age of 12, Salahuddin recommends that parents take necessary precautions to protect them: masking, washing hands, and social distancing.

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