Health Office Update: Nov 22
November 22, 2022
There is a severe children’s bed shortage in all New England hospitals because of an increase in respiratory viruses.
- We are seeing a tremendous amount of RSV, a respiratory virus, which can make babies very sick and in need of hospital care; some babies are being cared for in emergency room hallways.
- In teenagers and adults RSV looks like a common head cold.
- Please be thoughtful with Thanksgiving gatherings. If you are sick stay home until you are better so you protect the ones you love!!
This is yesterday’s message from the Vermont Department of Health: Increased Respiratory Viral Activity, Especially Among Children, Straining Vermont Health Care Systems
A surge of respiratory illness, especially among children, is straining health care systems across New England and Vermont. To help reduce this burden, clinicians can encourage patients to remain up to date on vaccinations, test and treat for respiratory illnesses appropriately, and remind patients to avoid others when sick.