Pediatricians ‘absolutely concerned’ as COVID-19 cases nearly double among kids

The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics is not happy with youth vaccination rates and said doctors are “absolutely concerned” about the increasing number of COVID-19 cases among adolescents.

The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics is not happy with youth vaccination rates and said doctors are “absolutely concerned” about the increasing number of COVID-19 cases among adolescents.

During a webinar hosted by the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project on Aug. 4, Dr. Lee Savio Beers that with the emergence of the delta variant, pediatric cases of COVID-19 are almost doubling week after week.

“From the ground up, we hear from our pediatricians who see patients in their practices and in their hospitals that they see a lot of very sick children. So we are very concerned,” said Beers.

Beers is also a professor of pediatrics and medical director for Community Health and Advocacy at Children’s National Hospital.

She said about 27% of 12- to 15-year-olds have been fully vaccinated and about 39% of 16- to 17-year-olds have been immunized.

“Getting our adolescents vaccinated against COVID-19 is really more important than ever. It is a safe and effective vaccine. And it’s important,” she said.

Dispel myths without repeating them. dr. Lee Savio Beers, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said people who are hesitant about vaccines should have all their questions answered with respect.

Beers notes that many adolescents are less responsive to messages about their own personal health. What really matters to them is how getting vaccinated helps protect others and their communities.

“For parents, they actually want to hear that their children are protected, but for the adolescent, they think it’s important to protect their community. And it’s also important for us to remember that younger children are not yet eligible for the vaccine. So when eligible adults and adolescents are vaccinated, we also help protect our little ones,” she said.

dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s chief infectious disease expert who also attended the webinar as part of a pre-recorded segment, said there are a number of reasons parents should have children vaccinated once they become eligible.

“You don’t want a child who can get infected and have no symptoms – because children often get infected, they don’t get symptoms – and then inadvertently and innocently take it home to grandparents who may be older, who may have an underlying condition or a family member who may be receiving chemotherapy for cancer, so you don’t want to spread the infection and you don’t want the child to get sick themselves,” said Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser on COVID-19 to President Joe Biden.

Fauci expressed concern about the lingering effects of COVID-19.

“We now see that a significant proportion of people who become infected, even if they have mild symptoms, can have what is called a long-term COVID, which is the persistence of symptomatology, often measured in several months,” he said.

Fauci added: “Then you find out that when you clear the virus, you can have persistent severe fatigue that interferes with your function – muscle aches, temperature dysregulation, sleep disturbances and something people call ‘brain’. lack, or the inability to focus or concentrate normally.”

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