Hospitalizations of children and adolescents for ‘respiratory syndrome’ in 2021 already surpass the 2020 total – Prime Time Zone


Hospital admissions peak occurred in May 2021, with 13,808 cases; the number of deaths occurred in March, with 342 victims

PixabayThere was only a drop in cases of severe respiratory syndrome among children aged 10 to 14 years, compared to 2020, with a reduction of 10%

The number of children and teenagers from 0 to 14 years old, hospitalized on account of severe respiratory syndrome between January and August 2021 it already surpasses the 2020 total, according to data from the influenza surveillance information system of the Ministry of Health. Last year, 76,975 children were hospitalized with respiratory problems. Until August of this year, 89,826 admissions had been registered, which represents an increase of 17%. Children aged 0 to 4 years were the most affected, with an increase of 35%, from 40,172 in 2020 against 54,342 until August 2021. In the range of 5 to 9 years, the numbers remained practically the same, 23,840 in 2020 and 24,089 until August; between 10 and 14 years of age, there was a 10% drop, having been 12,650 in 2020 and 11,395 by August 2021.

The peak of hospitalizations for children aged 0 to 14 years was registered in May this year, with a total of 13,808 cases. Since then, the trend has been downward. In August, there were 10,750 admissions due to respiratory problems. Regarding deaths, 2,397 were registered in the year 2020. Until August 2021, the number was 1,656, a drop of 31%. The month of March registered the highest number of lost lives for children aged 0 to 14 years, with 342 deaths. The number has been falling month by month. In August, there were 123 deaths.

*With information from reporter João Vitor Rocha