New York still in the midst of flu season

Battling Respiratory Illnesses During Winter: Why Vaccines and Precautions Are Key to Staying Healthy

During the winter months, it’s important to stay vigilant against respiratory illnesses like the flu, RSV, and COVID. Data from the New York State Department of Health shows that during the first week of February 2021, over 1300 people were hospitalized with the flu, a 12% increase compared to the previous week. However, as Marielena Velez de Brown, deputy commissioner for Monroe County Department of Health points out, it’s not just about avoiding the cold weather.

“It doesn’t really have anything to do with the weather,” she said. “Other than that it’s cold, and so folks tend to spend more time indoors, more time around other people.” This is why health officials are reminding everyone to take precautions to protect themselves and others from these illnesses.

Velez de Brown recommends getting vaccinated against all three viruses – flu, COVID-19 and RSV – especially for elderly individuals and children. “We strongly recommend the flu vaccine, the COVID vaccine and the RSV vaccine for general populations but especially for older folks and children,” she said. “Every year we do see hospitalizations and deaths from these conditions if folks don’t get their vaccines.”

Vaccines are key in preventing illnesses caused by viruses that mutate every year. The best way to protect yourself and others is by getting vaccinated regularly. With this in mind, it is crucial to make sure you are up-to-date on your vaccinations to avoid falling ill or spreading illnesses to others during this time of year when respiratory viruses are more prevalent.

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