What is RSV?In short, RSV is the common cold that settles in the chest via a runny nose, possible sore throat, and usually a persistent cough. What has been unusual this year is its early predominance among children under four years old, who have by far the highest rates of hospitalization among all age groups. It is important to note that we have minimal data about the incidence of RSV. “Reporting of test results is not required for RSV,” explained Ben Truman at the Vermont Department of Health. This likely means that for most of the country, including Vermont, the actual incidence of RSV is under-reported.
InfluenzaWhile COVID and its succession of variants have been the concern in the forefront of health issues for three years now, influenza is at its highest level in more than a decade throughout the U.S. mainland — with the seemingly unlikely exception of New Hampshire, where the incidence is merely at the higher end of Low, according to the most recent data reported by the CDC (Dec. 10, 2022). The incidence of influenza is currently high throughout Vermont and much of the rest of the country. Data about the incidence of flu in Vermont is reported on a weekly basis at healthvermont.gov/immunizations-infectious-disease/influenza/flu-activity-and-surveillance
Vaccination Clinic Access ExtendedThe Vermont Department of Health has established new hours that include more evenings and weekends through the end of December, making it easier for those who work or go to school to get vaccinated quickly and easily for flu and COVID. People are encouraged to take advantage of expanded hours at Health Department vaccination clinics — where you can walk in, with no appointment necessary. Starting Dec. 19, many clinics will also offer the updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccine newly approved for eligible children 6 months to 5 years old. Visit healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine for more details.
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