New CDC report shows a rise in teens hospitalized for COVID-19

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an increase of adolescents in the age range of 12 to 17 being hospitalized for the coronavirus.

However, the overall hospitalization for covid in the country and state is decreasing.

Dr. Christopher Funes at Our Lady of the Lake says this age group can face a severe case if infected.

“If you were hospitalized in that age range, your chances of going to the ICU so potentially getting on an incubator, being really really sick, is about one in three,” Funes said.

One mother in the capitol city vaccinated her 12-year-old daughter once the vaccine became eligible for teens.

“I would rather just air on the part of getting the vaccine for my child than to be that one in a thousand that ends up in the hospital,” Janette Nussbaumer said.

Funes says teens can face lingering affects from covid.

“One of the most cornering being is potential inflammation on the heart, long after their infection. That can impact sports since so many kids are active in sports that puts them in a very high risk,” he said.

According to Funes, if vaccinated the teenagers will face common symptoms of the shot. Symptoms include sore arms, headache, and fatigue.

He also worries covid rates will jump in adolecnces in the summer time.

“When kids get together and they are closer together, doing camps. It is a lot harder to keep them apart. So we do anticipate for the rate of infection to go up, especially as mask wearing and social distancing goes down,” Funes said.

Those ages of of 12 to 15 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

Information on vaccines around the capitol city is available here.

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