Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-07-29 21:36:56 –
The Oklahoma Tulsa-Delta mutation is increasing the number of cases of COVID-19 nationwide, so pediatricians in Oklahoma say the number of pediatric cases is also increasing.
Vaccinations are not available for children under the age of 12, but Dr. Don Zetik, a pediatrician and adolescent care pediatrician, said measures can be taken to keep children and their families safe.
“Even at the county or state-wide level, there’s a big difference if you look at the dozens of cases per day in the summer from May to June, and now hundreds,” Dr. Zetic said.
Dr. Zetik said that the overall number of cases of COVID-19 is small compared to the large population, but it is still a big leap from a few months ago. He says the major difference from last year’s COVID-19 cases is that this year the proportion of patients is children.
“Most of it is because some adults are immunized, so there are fewer representatives than children, and under the age of 12, they are not eligible for the vaccine,” said Dr. Zetik.
As of July 22, 14.2% of COVID-19 cases nationwide were children, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to the same report, children account for 13.4 percent of cases in Oklahoma.
Currently, the CDC only approves vaccines for children over the age of 12, but Zetik states that Pfizer and Moderna have submitted an emergency use authorization application to the FDA.
“Rumor is that sometime in the winter, Pfizer’s approval will be obtained,” said Dr. Zetic.
While waiting for vaccine approval for younger children, Dr. Zetic recommends that parents wear masks and social distance and wash their hands regularly.
If he is 12 years or older, he is advised to be vaccinated.
“We recommend that all children of that age group, and their teens, be vaccinated with the vaccine,” said Dr. Zetic.
Dr. Zetic said that vaccines do not guarantee complete immunity, but science has proven to be effective against severe illness and death.
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