AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) — Health experts are warning of a “triple demic” this flu season.
“They had been looking in the southern hemisphere in response to this behavior and we think they will probably do it here too,” said Dr. Rodney Young, professor and chair of the department of family and community medicine at Texas Tech University. Health. Science Center.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the United States will follow the South American trend for a more severe flu season.
“Going off of the data from South America, what the CDC shares rates were real in the wrong South America, so we’re sort of tracking that,” said Mark Vogler, pharmacist at Martin-Tipton Pharmacy.
In addition to flu season, COVID-19 and RSV affect young children the most.
“When you combine the fact that even though COVID isn’t at the level that it has been, it’s not gone, plus things like RSV that’s been circulating, all of that can really strain our resources as health care system,” Young said.
Doctors say washing your hands and getting vaccinated if you want are the best measures to prevent the disease and spread it to the most vulnerable people like young children.
“The vaccine doesn’t make you bulletproof, but it does make it less likely that you’ll have this more severe experience of illness, especially that persists in this situation,” Young said.
Going on vacation and putting these measures together will also protect older family members.
“People around them, like if you’re a caregiver, or you’re going to see Grandma for Thanksgiving, or something, you want to protect them,” Vogler said.
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