CDC ISSUES ALERT FOR URGENT NEED TO INCREASE IMMUNIZATION COVERAGE FOR 2024 WINTER SEASON
Due to a significant increase in respiratory illnesses (RSV, Influenza, and Covid-19) in recent weeks, especially across the southern U.S., the CDC has issued a health advisory recommending vaccinations to help prevent and/ or lessen the severity and risk of complications due to these illnesses. Please speak with your healthcare provider to see if you or your family members may be at increased risk for severe disease and/or complications resulting from any of these illnesses.
Below are some tips for helping to prevent the spread of illness and determining when your child should be kept home or sent to school:
- Prevention is the best medicine. GOOD handwashing, getting immunizations, good diet, plenty of rest and extra Vitamin C are all good ways to help prevent respiratory illnesses.
- Teach your child to cough into their elbow or sleeve.
- If your child is running a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher, or you feel the need to give them a fever reliever, please keep them home. Children should be fever free for 24 hours ( without the use of a fever reducing medication) before returning to school.
- If the child is running a fever, we recommend having them tested for the flu. Tamiflu if given in the first 24-48 hours can reduce the length of the flu by half.
Learn more at https://cdc.gov/respiratory-viruses
Resources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2023, December 14) Urgent Need to Increase Immunization Coverage for Influenza, COVID-19, and RSV and Use of Authorized/Approved Therapeutics in the Setting of Increased Respiratory Disease Activity During the 2023 – 2024 Winter Season. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/