Florida children’s hospitals fill up amid surge in RSV infections

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Heading into the annual flu season, doctors are urging people to get their children vaccinated. This year, experts expect the flu to be accompanied by COVID-19 spread and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. Doctors at Nemours Children’s Hospital said their emergency rooms have been busy and vaccines will be key to keeping children safe during flu season. “Fortunately, the COVID numbers in Florida are still gradually decreasing, but what has been replaced is the flu and an increase in RSV in young children,” said Dr. Kenneth Alexander, head of infectious diseases at Nemours. Alexander says their emergency department is already busy. “This also exacerbates things like asthma, especially in children with lung disease and in diseases such as cerebral palsy and seizures. So our emergency rooms are very busy,” Alexander said. Fortunately, vaccines for both COVID-19 and flu can help, says he. “The good news is this: we can vaccinate against the flu and we can vaccinate against COVID-19. We’ve been working on a vaccine for RSV for decades, and we wish we had one, but we can protect ourselves against two out of three, and the other good news is that it is completely safe and effective to get your flu vaccine and your COVID booster at the same time.” Alexander said he urges parents to consider vaccinating themselves and their children now that they are available: “By vaccinating your family, you will hopefully miss less work, less school, and you won’t take everyone away to find out what’s going on.” can also avoid a few doctor visits,” he said. Alexander said the updated COVID-19 vaccine, now available for children, is particularly effective against the ommicron variant.

Heading into the annual flu season, doctors are urging people to get their children vaccinated.

Experts this year expect the flu to be accompanied by COVID-19 spread and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

Doctors at Nemours Children’s Hospital said their emergency room has been busy and vaccines will be key to keeping children safe during flu season.

“Fortunately, the COVID numbers in Florida are still gradually decreasing, but what has been replaced is the flu and an increase in RSV in young children,” said Dr. Kenneth Alexander, head of infectious diseases at Nemours.

Alexander says their emergency department is already busy.

“This also exacerbates things like asthma, especially in children with lung disease and in diseases such as cerebral palsy and seizure disorders. So our emergency room is very busy,” Alexander said.

Fortunately, he says, vaccines for both COVID-19 and the flu can help.

“The good news is this: we can vaccinate against the flu and we can vaccinate against COVID-19. We’ve been working on a vaccine for RSV for decades, and we wish we had one, but we can protect ourselves against two out of three, and the other good news is that it’s completely safe and effective to get your flu. vaccine and your COVID booster at the same time.”

Alexander said he is urging parents to consider getting themselves and their children vaccinated now that they are available.

“By vaccinating your family, you will hopefully miss less work, less school, and you won’t take everyone away to find out what they have. May also avoid a few doctor visits,” he said.

Alexander said the updated COVID-19 vaccine, now available for children, is particularly effective against the ommicron variant.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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