TheVoiceOfJoyce Too many kids are being hospitalized for RSV and other viruses. They don’t have to be sick, if they’re able to get the flu vaccine, vaccines and Covid vaccines. There are monoclonal antibodies to protect premature and at risk kids from RSV. Ask your physician. The hospitals are overcrowded and nursing staff is stretched. Consider labors needs for staff relief, better working conditions and increased wages at this stressful time, too! Act now, before the Covid wave hits. Also, masks work on two yr olds and better ventilation with hepa filters prevents disease. We have options and choices.

RSV hospitalization rates for newborns are seven times higher than they were in 2018, the last full season before the pandemic struck, and flu hospitalizations are the worst they’ve been in a decade. Rhinovirus, enterovirus, adenovirus, metapneumovirus and parainfluenza are also contributing to this wave of illness, and Covid cases are beginning to rise once again in the US.

More than three-quarters of pediatric hospital beds were already full by mid-November. One hospital in Oregon has instituted pediatric crisis of care standards, an emergency measure to stretch existing capacity. Hospitals in California and Maryland began using overflow tents to try to address the swell in pediatric patients. Children’s hospitals in Boston and Salt Lake City have canceled planned surgeries.

At least three children have died from RSV and 12 children have died from the flu so far this year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Leading child health organizations are calling for the Biden administration to declare a national emergency, as some 55 million Americans return from Thanksgiving holiday travel and many prepare for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

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