Flu & COVID-19 vaccines beneficial amidst relating to seasonal developments

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin Public Well being (APH) recommends households prioritize getting up-to-the-minute with their vaccines this autumn, together with seasonal flu photographs and COVID-19 vaccines. 

Well being pros glance to the southern hemisphere to expect the severity of flu season. In Australia this yr, kids more youthful than 5 years to teenagers had the easiest collection of reported instances. 

“Now isn’t the time to let our guard down. Everybody, particularly kids and seniors, want flu coverage,” stated Austin-Travis County Well being Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes. “This time ultimate yr we had been preventing the COVID-19 delta variant, and we secure our maximum susceptible from COVID-19 and flu with a mixture of protecting and vaccine. Let’s do it once more.” 

Young children and babies were eligible for COVID-19 vaccines since overdue June. Extra knowledge:  

  • 44 pediatric hospitalizations (7 ICU admissions, 1 on a respiring system) within the ultimate month 
  • Fewer than 2,500 kids 6 months to 4 years are totally vaccinated in Travis County.  

  • Part of youngsters admitted to hospitals for remedy had been unvaccinated and do NOT have any underlying scientific situation.  

  • Case numbers at our space colleges are emerging and might considerably building up if sickness spreads from unwell scholars to their households. 

The primary yr of the pandemic noticed traditionally low ranges of influenza flow. Infections greater all the way through the 2021-22 season, despite the fact that flu-related deaths and hospitalizations remained low. Preventive measures equivalent to mask-wearing, social distancing and strong hygiene practices secure our communities in opposition to greater than COVID-19. 

Seasonal flu vaccines are beneficial for everybody 6 months and older. Preferably flu photographs must be administered all the way through September and October, despite the fact that they are able to nonetheless lend a hand save you critical sickness from influenza when administered past this period of time. Flu maximum recurrently peaks in February and demanding task can proceed into Would possibly. 

Flu photographs can also be administered concurrently COVID-19 vaccines. The CDC simply approved new COVID-19 booster doses and APH has ordered provide. Be expecting extra main points on the ones doses quickly. 

The seasonal flu vaccine protects in opposition to influenza viruses that analysis suggests is also extra not unusual all the way through the approaching season. Ultimate season Influenza A was once the most typical circulating pressure in Travis County. Some individuals who get flu photographs might nonetheless get unwell, however research display the total severity of sickness is most probably lowered by means of vaccinations. 

“As a neighborhood, we notice now greater than ever, how well being affects our high quality of existence – our skill to paintings, play, and spend time with family members. Getting your flu photographs is a simple technique to stay your circle of relatives protected and heading in the right direction,” stated Austin Public Well being Director Adrienne Sturrup. “We don’t must get sidelined by means of any other virus, particularly one we’ve been robotically vaccinating in opposition to for many years.” 

The composition of flu vaccines varies each and every season as a result of there are lots of other flu viruses. The suggestions for the 2022-2023 season come with two updates in comparison with ultimate season’s beneficial vaccines: the influenza A(H3N2) and the influenza B(Victoria lineage) vaccine virus elements. 

Vaccine Suppliers  

Seek advice from Vaccines.gov (Vacunas.gov in Spanish) to seek out flu and COVID-19 vaccine suppliers close to you. 

Loose COVID-19 assessments   

The federal govt suspended its unfastened mail-order take a look at equipment program to handle the nationwide stockpile Sept. 2, 2022. Loose at-home take a look at kits and PCR trying out are nonetheless to be had at APH’s Metz Basic trying out web site (84 Robert T. Martinez Jr. St., Austin, TX 78702). 

Loose mask (N-95 respirators)   

Use the CDC’s mask-locator software to seek out pharmacies close to you that offer unfastened mask (N95 respirators). It does now not display present inventories, so take a look at with the site for availability. 

Notice: PIO body of workers will probably be to be had to answer media inquiries following the Hard work Day vacation weekend. 

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