Every year, 58,000 children under 5 are hospitalized with RSV, according to estimates from the CDC. In comparison, 64,000 children under 18 have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since Aug."Fortunately, overwhelmingly the kids do well,” Rauch says, referring to children infected with RSV.Because of staffing shortages and the RSV surge coupled with COVID-19 infections, Tyungu says, children at times have had to wait two or three days for a hospital bed.“Our children's hospitals were very full of severe RSV cases," Tyungu says. "With the steady trickle of kids needing to be hospitalized, our hospital became capped very quickly.”.
What’s clear, Shapiro says, is that adults should protect the vulnerable children not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and that those older children who are eligible should get the shot to protect themselves.
According to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, up to 3% of children infected with COVID-19 are believed to be long-haulers.
And a condition known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, has been reported in more than 5,000 cases of children with COVID-19, according to the CDCChildren ages 12 and up are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and children 6 months and older are able to get a flu vaccine
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