What’s in the News: More Pediatric COVID-19 Hospitalizations in States with Lower Vaccination Rates

A recent study found that COVID-19 cases, emergency room (ER) visits and hospital admissions increased from June to August 2021 among individuals 0 to 17 years old nationwide. During a two-week period (Aug. 14–27), COVID-19–related ER visits and hospitalizations among children and adolescents were nearly four times higher in states with lower vaccination coverage than in states with the highest coverage. The findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study highlight the importance of community vaccination, along with testing strategies and other prevention measures, in protecting pediatric populations. The research appeared in the Sept. 10 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and was covered by several media outlets including HealthDay, WebMD and the Los Angeles Times.

Improving the health of children worldwide through philanthropic support of scientific and educational programs.