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New Jersey reported a record number of cases in a single day of a dangerous multisystem inflammatory syndrome known as MIS-C in children, the state’s health commissioner said Monday.

Of the six new cases reported on Friday, all children are currently hospitalized, according to Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli, who has warned parents that COVID-19 cases are not always mild in children and urges people around vaccine-ineligible children to protect them by getting vaccinated.

Persichilli also said Monday that there have been four child deaths, including three infants, related to the coronavirus in the state since Christmas. She added that there were no reports of “significant underlying condition” for any of the children.

The latest deaths are two infants under 10 months old, the health commissioner said. A total of 12 pediatric patients died statewide.

“While it is difficult to know for sure if COVID-19 directly contributed to these deaths rather than what is known as accidental infection, I would like to remind parents to do all Precautions are needed to prevent infants from being exposed to the virus,” Persichilli said.

She added: “This includes making sure those around you are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and avoiding large gatherings.

Several studies have found that vaccines are highly effective in preventing hospital admissions. A CDC release, which examined hospitalizations in 10 states, found that booster shots were even more effective at combating the latest increase in the omicron variant (94%). compared with the delta variant mutation (90%), Persichilli said.

She also cites another study that found unvaccinated Americans, ages 50 and older, were about 45 times more likely to be hospitalized than those who were vaccinated and had their third dose.

Children under 5 are still not eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine – and now hospitals are seeing a spike in children infected with the Omicron variant of the virus. In New York City, the number of hospital admissions among children has quadrupled. And the data show that a very large proportion of pediatric COVID patients are under-vaccinated, either by choice or because they are not eligible, said Dr. Colleen Kraft of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/nj-reports-6-kids-hospitalized-with-dangerous-inflammatory-syndrome-highest-in-one-day/3119277/ 6 Hospitalization in one day – NBC10 Philadelphia

Huynh Nguyen

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