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Omicron in Kids

The Omicron variant is impacting kids at a higher rate than previous strains, and doctors are concerned about the rise in cases among children, especially in those five and under. 

Anita S. Henderson, MD, pediatrician at Hattiesburg Clinic – The Pediatric Clinic and president of the Mississippi Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), met with reporters to discuss Omicron’s effect on kids and shared what age group is being hit the hardest. 

“We are seeing more cases in the five and under age range because that age range, in particular, has not had the chance to be vaccinated,” Henderson said in an interview with WDAM. “We’re seeing it spread in preschools in that younger age.”

“In some cases, we’ve had a whole family of six test positive, so that’s why we’re seeing the highest numbers that we’ve ever seen throughout the entire pandemic,” she said, adding that recent holiday get-togethers are to blame. “Based on the sheer number of cases, we are concerned that we will see that translate into hospitalizations later.”

After seeing an influx in positive COVID cases in kids just one week after the school semester began, doctors are urging parents to get their child vaccinated and boosted, so that they can stay in school and continue learning in person. 

“If we don’t put kids first, we are going to see schools that have to go virtual, we are going to see sporting events and teams that are canceled. We are going to see kids lose out on those activities that are so important within the school system,” Henderson said in an interview with Clarion Ledger. 

“We’ve already seen over the last two years, huge mental health impacts on children and adolescents, because they’re worried about their family, they’re missing their friends and they’re isolated in virtual school.”

Follow the links to see the full interviews: 

WDAMhttps://www.wdam.com/2022/01/06/children-being-hit-hard-with-omicron-variant-experts-say/

https://www.wdam.com/2022/01/04/miss-pediatricians-urge-school-mask-policies-vaccinations-amid-rise-covid-19-infections/

Hattiesburg Americanhttps://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/story/news/2022/01/05/omicron-floods-mississippi-doctors-again-urge-masks-schools/9076831002/

WLBThttps://www.wlbt.com/2021/12/31/msdh-anticipates-covid-will-significantly-impact-children-soon/

WJTVhttps://www.wjtv.com/health/coronavirus/returning-to-school-interview-with-mississippi-american-academy-pediatrics-president/

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