​FOI Ref: FOI/2021/2982

You asked

​For children under the age of 16, please supply the following yearly numbers on average over the last 5 years between 1st September and 31st August the following year:

  1. The number of children hospitalised with chicken pox
  2. The number of children who died with chicken pox (or complications due to chicken pox)

For children under the age of 16, please provide the following data for 1st September 2020 to 31st August 2021:

  1. The number of children with NO COMORBIDITIES hospitalised with Covid 19
  2. The number of children with NO COMORBITITIES who died from Covid 19

We said

Thank you for your enquiry regarding child deaths involving Chickenpox and COVID-19.

Deaths involving Chickenpox

The latest information available can be found on our NOMIS Webservice for 2013 to 2020.

Our mortality data comes from the information collected at death registration. All of the conditions mentioned on the death certificate are coded using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). From all of these causes an underlying cause of death is selected using ICD-10 coding rules.  The ICD-10 cause code for Chickenpox is B01 Varicella (Chickenpox).

Data for 2021 will be published as part of our Deaths Registered Series in July 2022.

If this does not meet your needs, we may be able to create a custom output for data up to 2020. Information on deaths involving COVID-19 by bespoke timeframe, along with other special extracts and tabulations of mortality data for England and Wales are available to order (subject to legal frameworks, disclosure control, resources and agreements of costs, where appropriate).

Such enquiries would fall outside of the Freedom of Information regime and should be made to Health.Data@ons.gov.uk.

COVID-19 deaths

We hold the following analysis for deaths involving COVID-19 for under 19 years of age in 5-year age bands in England and Wales for 2020 Deaths due to COVID-19, registered in England and Wales: 2020.

2021 data is available in our Deaths registered weekly in England and Wales, provisional publication, which is updated every Tuesday. Please see the summed total from 2 January 2021 until 17 September 2021, which is the latest data available.

We may be able to create custom outputs if the above does not meet your needs. Please contact us using the details mentioned previously.


Unfortunately, we do not hold information on hospital admissions and discharges.

This data is held by NHS Digital, so they may be better placed to answer your query. They can be contacted via email at enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk, and by telephone at 0300 303 5678.

For COVID-19 information, UK Health Security Agency also publish a weekly surveillance report which looks at the impact on hospitalisations, infection, vaccine effectiveness and mortality.

If you have any further enquiries about your request, please contact Health.Data@ons.gov.uk.