July 16, 2024

COVID-19, influenza and RSV instances are on the rise.

“As we enter the winter months, individuals are spending extra time indoors and we are inclined to see a rise in respiratory infections,” mentioned Dr. Maria van Kerkhove, director of the division of epidemic and pandemic preparedness and prevention on the World Well being Group.

In accordance with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, JN.1, the newest COVID variant, makes up greater than 44% of all new COVID-19 instances within the nation. It is probably the most contagious of all of the variants, nonetheless, it comes with milder signs.

Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, a extremely contagious respiratory virus, can change into extreme in youngsters and older adults.

“Within the aged inhabitants, one third of them are literally testing optimistic for RSV once they’re within the hospital” mentioned Dr. Dyan Hes.

Well being specialists says one of the best ways to forestall these sicknesses and scale back the prospect of extreme illness is to get vaccinated.

“I extremely advocate getting the COVID vaccine. Most individuals aren’t updated with their new bivalent booster. And the identical factor for RSV. Now, aged over the age of 60 can get a vaccine for RSV. Most individuals do not even know that that is obtainable,” Hes mentioned. 

CDC knowledge reveals 43.7% of the U.S. inhabitants have obtained the flu vaccine, 17% of adults 60 and older have obtained an RSV vaccine and solely 18.5% of adults within the U.S. have obtained the up to date COVID-19 vaccine.

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