Hospitals plan for surge in ‘tripledemic’ cases this holiday season

This time of year, friends, family and loved ones gather for the holiday season, but with “tripledemic” cases still on the rise, doctors are urging people to get tested to prevent a tripledemic this holiday season.”It’s so important people remember to get their flu vaccine and their COVID vaccines,” said Associate Chief Medical Officer of the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital Dr. Anna Duran. “If you’re a child over six months of age, you can get both of those. If you’re an adult, please consider getting both your flu and your COVID vaccine. You’re not just getting it for yourself, but you ‘re getting it for other people who can’t get those vaccines.”However, with a rise in respiratory syncytial virus and flu cases, Duran said they are preparing for a surge in pediatric cases.”Not only are we seeing RSV, but we’re also seeing flu and an uptick of COVID,” said Dr. Duran. “We have really made a lot of headway in planning for excess beds to help with the surge that we are definitely anticipating — the surge we’re actually in right now.” “We all want to see our family and friends during our holiday season, Duran continued. “If you are sick, the best thing for your family, your friends is to stay home. That includes going to work or going to school and definitely family gatherings or any kind of parties.” Doctors advise people to visit their local pharmacy or primary care physician for flu and COVID-19 vaccines, if eligible. For more tips on how to stay protected this holiday season, visit: Preventing RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) | CDCHow to Protect Yourself and Others | CDCDoctors also want to help educate parents on how to access the right level of care when your child is ill, below:

This time of year, friends, family and loved ones gather for the holiday season, but with “tripledemic” cases still on the rise, doctors are urging people to get tested to prevent a tripledemic this holiday season.

“It’s so important people remember to get their flu vaccine and their COVID vaccines,” said Associate Chief Medical Officer of the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital Dr. Anna Duran. “If you’re a child over six months of age, you can get both of those. If you’re an adult, please consider getting both your flu and your COVID vaccine. You’re not just getting it for yourself, but you ‘re getting it for other people who can’t get those vaccines.

However, with a rise in respiratory syncytial virus and flu cases, Duran said they are preparing for a surge in pediatric cases.

“Not only are we seeing RSV, but we’re also seeing flu and an uptick of COVID,” said Dr. Duran. “We have really made a lot of headway in planning for excess beds to help with the surge that we are definitely anticipating — the surge we’re actually in currently.”

“We all want to see our family and friends during our holiday season,” Duran continued. “If you are sick, the best thing for your family, your friends is to stay home. That includes going to work or going to school and definitely family gatherings or any kind of parties.”

Doctors advise people to visit their local pharmacy or primary care physician for flu and COVID-19 vaccines, if eligible.

For more tips on how to stay protected this holiday season, visit:

Preventing RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) | CDC

How to protect yourself and others | CDC

Doctors also want to help educate parents on how to access the right level of care when your child is ill, below:

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