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Vaccination of Children in the United States against COVID-19: An Ounce of Prevention

Authors: Sarah K. Wood, MD, Dennis G. Maki, MD, Charles H. Hennekens, MD

Abstract

As of October 28, 2021, the United States was the epicenter of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The United States accounts for >45.6 million of the >244 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide, or 18.5% in a population of <5% of the world. Accounting for deaths, >940,000 of the >4.95 million deaths worldwide have occurred in the United States since February 2020, a death rate that exceeds that of the “Spanish” flu in 1918 to 1919. As such, deaths in the United States account for approximately 15% of all deaths from COVID-19. At present, >1 in 500 Americans have died from COVID-19.1 Although cases and hospitalizations are decreasing, on August 15, 2021, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi were each recording >500,000 new cases per week.2,3
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