BISMARCK – The North Dakota Division of Well being is recommending all adolescents aged 12 to 17 be vaccinated in line with new Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention steering.
On Monday, the Meals and Drug Administration licensed emergency use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in 12- by 15-year-old adolescents, prompting suggestions from the CDC, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and American Academy of Pediatrics that every one youths be vaccinated.
In North Dakota, there have been 20 hospitalizations in kids ages 12 to 17. There was one reported loss of life of a 17-year-old in North Dakota. Kids with underlying well being circumstances, resembling bronchial asthma, diabetes or weight problems, could also be extra prone to develop extreme sickness.
Thus far, eight circumstances of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in kids (MIS-C) have been reported in North Dakota. Kids who develop MIS-C have irritation of their our bodies and issues with many organs, such because the intestines, coronary heart, mind, lungs, pores and skin and kidneys. These kids could face ongoing well being points attributable to coronary heart or different organ harm.
Along with the danger posed by MIS-C, COVID-19 unfold amongst kids has been growing in North Dakota. The variety of kids ages 12 to 17 who’ve examined constructive for COVID-19 is 13%. The variety of circumstances amongst this age group grew by 38% throughout March and April this yr.
On this age group, 41% of the circumstances had been reported as group unfold and 36% had been family unfold.
“Analysis is starting to point out that kids who contract COVID-19 are at elevated danger for experiencing long-term signs. Whereas there’s not a number of information out there concerning the long-term influence that COVID-19 has on kids, some new analysis is rising,” stated Immunization Program Director Molly Howell with the well being division.
A current examine in the UK discovered that kids can have extended signs of COVID-19, together with fatigue, headache, muscle/joint ache, rashes, coronary heart palpitations, cognitive impairment, together with lack of focus and short-term reminiscence issues. A examine of COVID-19 in kids in Italy additionally revealed that greater than half of the youngsters noticed had long-lasting signs.
“COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be a protected and efficient method to defend kids and households from the unknown ramifications of COVID-19, which could be long run and for some, life-threatening,” stated Howell. “Adults and youngsters who select to get a vaccine are taking an vital step towards defending their well being and the well being of these round them.”
Vaccines can be found by space well being care suppliers, native public well being, pharmacies and well being division pop-up clinics. Go to www.well being.nd.gov/collectively for info concerning the vaccine and to seek out vaccine suppliers. If extra assist is required, contact the well being division’s COVID-19 hotline from 8 a.m. to five p.m. Monday by Friday, excluding holidays, at 866-207-2880.
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