Health and Human Services Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (HHSIEA) COVID-19 Updates

November 18, 2022

HHSIEA – COVID-19–Associated Hospitalizations Among U.S. Infants Aged <6 Months

CDC published an MMWR on COVID-19–associated hospitalizations among U.S. infants aged less than 6 Months in 13 States from June 2021 to August 2022. Infants aged <6 months, who are ineligible for vaccination, have high COVID-19–associated hospitalization rates compared with other pediatric age groups. Although population-based COVID-19–associated hospitalization rates among infants aged <6 months increased in the Omicron variant–predominant periods compared with the Delta variant–predominant period, indicators of the most severe disease among hospitalized infants aged <6 months did not. Pregnant women should stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination to help protect themselves and infants too young to be vaccinated. Non pharmaceutical measures should be used to help protect infants ineligible for vaccination.