Characteristics and Clinical Outcomes of Children and Adolescents Aged <18 Years Hospitalized with COVID-19 — Six Hospitals, United States, July–August 2021

Valentine Wanga, Megan E. Gerdes, Dallas S. Shi, Rewa Choudhary, Theresa M. Dulski, Sophia Hsu, Osatohamwen I. Idubor, Bryant J. Webber, Arthur M. Wendel, Nickolas T. Agathis, Kristi Anderson, Tricia Boyles, Sophia K. Chiu, Eleanor S. Click, Juliana da Silva, Hannah Dupont, Mary Evans, Jeremy A.W. Gold, Julia Haston, Pamela LoganSusan A. Maloney, Marisol Martinez, Pavithra Natarajan, Kevin B. Spicer, Mark Swancutt, Valerie A. Stevens, Jessica Brown, Gyan Chandra, Megan Light, Frederick E. Barr, Jessica Snowden, Larry K. Kociolek, Matthew McHugh, David Wessel, Joelle N. Simpson, Kathleen C. Gorman, Kristen A. Breslin, Roberta L. DeBiasi, Aaron Thompson, Mark W. Kline, Julie A. Bloom, Ila R. Singh, Michael Dowlin, Mark Wietecha, Beth Schweitzer, Sapna Bamrah Morris, Emily H. Koumans, Jean Y. Ko, Anne A. Kimball, David A. Siegel

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Abstract

What is already known about this topic? Pediatric COVID-19–related hospitalization rates increased when the highly transmissible SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant became the predominant circulating strain. What is added by this report? Among children and adolescents with SARS-CoV-2 infection admitted to six hospitals during July–August 2021, 77.9% were hospitalized for acute COVID-19. Among these patients, approximately one third aged <5 years had a viral coinfection (approximately two thirds of which were respiratory syncytial virus) and approximately two thirds of those aged 12–17 years had obesity; only 0.4% of age-eligible patients were fully vaccinated. What are the implications for public health practice? COVID-19 vaccination and other prevention strategies are important to protect children from COVID-19, particularly children with obesity and other underlying health conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1766-1772
Number of pages7
JournalMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Volume70
Issue number5152
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health(social science)
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Health Information Management

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