Hospitalizations Skyrocket In Kids Too Young For COVID Shots

Registered nurse Morgan Flynn works inside a patient's room in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, N.H., Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. Hospitalizations in U.S. children under age 5 with COVID have soared dramatically to unprecedented levels, a worrisone trend in youngsters too young to be vaccinated. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Hospitalizations of U.S. children under 5 with COVID-19 have soared to unprecedented levels, a worrisome trend in youngsters too young to be vaccinated. That’s according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released Friday.

Since early December, as the highly contagious omicron variant has spread furiously around the country, the hospitalization rate in these kids has surged to above 4 in 100,000 children.

Authorities say the numbers include kids with underlying health conditions. They say the trend underscores the need for vaccinations in all who are eligible.


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