Health officials in the two-state area are recommending people be vaccinated for flu, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), and COVID after South Carolina already reported its first flu death. According to health officials, the flu sufferer was from the Midlands and presented a few days before Sunday, when the flu season was supposed to begin officially.
RSV, COVID, and Influenza viruses were dubbed a “tripledemic” last year. After they collided to overload healthcare systems across the country, hospitalizations rose in tandem for all three illnesses over the fall and winter months.
Triple Threat Lurks For Your Lungs This Virus Season Across CSRA
Age and susceptibility to major illnesses affect eligibility guidelines differently. With children ages four and under, the number of children hospitalized with RSV increased from two per 100,000 to seven per 100,000. Between August 5 and August 19, this occurred. The majority of such hospitalizations included infants under a year old.
Before the July approval of the anti-body shot, doctors said that unless a child’s oxygen levels were serious, they would send you home and advise you to use a snot sucker or saline spray to open up your child’s airways.
More than 180 kids were hospitalized in 2016. RSV fell to 150 in 2020 during COVID-19, when everyone was quarantined. In 2023, with the season just getting started, 85 children have already been hospitalized.
Pediatric hospitalist Dr. Jacob Eichenberger practices at CHOG. “RSV causes a ton of mucus, and that mucus will clog those tiny airways,” he explained. Normal adult body have enough space in the airways to accommodate some additional mucus. Still, small children have such small airways that even a tiny amount of mucus may severely block it.
The CDC recommends these shots for the following categories:
Infants older than 8 months and younger babies are at risk for severe RSV: A recent injection, Nirsevimab (Belfort’s) produces antibodies that shield against RSV for roughly five months.
If you are Pregnant: One shot (Abrysvo) is permitted between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. Pregnant women who receive this shot protect their unborn children for the first six months of their lives.
For those over 60, Arexvy and Abrysvo are the two licensed vaccinations. Ask your doctor if you ought to think about obtaining one.
The FDA approved and granted emergency use authorization for the revised COVID boosters in early September, and those aged 6 months and older have to consider getting one.
Ages 5 and older: The FDA states that children and adults, regardless of prior immunization status, are qualified for one dose of an updated mRNA vaccine if it has been at least two months since their last COVID-19 vaccination.
Everyone aged 6 months and older has to get the flu shot. Several vaccines are authorized for people with specific health conditions or allergies and for different age groups. Most offer protection against the quadrivalent vaccines’ predicted four influenza virus types. Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent Vaccine, Flublok Quadrivalent Recombinant Vaccine, and Fluad Quadrivalent Adjuvanted Flu Vaccine may all be more effective for people over 65. If these are not offered, it’s okay to get any other flu vaccination approved for your age, health conditions, and allergies.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s director, Dr. Edward Simmer, is providing guarantees. With very few major side effects, we have administered 676 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals in the United States as of this writing.” Conversely, COVID has regrettably killed many people in the United States. However, we would have suffered a much bigger loss without this vaccine.
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