Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Doctors Cautioning Parents, Children of Potential Flu-COVID-RSV Combo During Holiday Season; 5-Year-Old Accidentally Got Double Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine, Morrisville Mom Says, and other C-Virus related stories

Doctors cautioning parents, children of potential flu-COVID-RSV combo during holiday season:
Medical experts are warning about the 1-2-3 punch of respiratory infections that could soon fill our emergency rooms -- flu, COVID-19, and RSV.
The potential for a tripledemic has doctors reminding people there is still time to get vaccinated for all three.
Nine-year-old Penelope Wood just tested positive for RSV, which she said is like a cold, but only worse.
"I have a fever right now and my throat is kind of hurting and my nose is stuffy," she said.
The highly contagious virus is rampant.
At Cohen Children's Medical Center, several babies are in intensive care, following the pattern of last year's early and severe season.
"Over the last two weeks, we have seen a major increase in RSV infections, including hospitalizations, such that it's nearly filling up the children's hospital already," said Dr. Lorry Rubin, chief of pediatric infectious diseases.
Doctors say there is no flu yet locally, but it's on the horizon, and with COVID numbers steady, Northwell Health doctors warn all three could converge just in time for Thanksgiving.
There is now a three-in-one test that can be done at home. Northwell Labs has rolled out "Labfly," a concierge at-home swab test with one-day results. --->READ MORE HERE
5-year-old accidentally got double dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Morrisville mom says:
A Morrisville mother told WRAL News her 5-year-old received an accidental double-dose of Moderna's new COVID-19 vaccine.
This comes as the Food and Drug Administration alerted parents and health providers that children under the age of 11 may receive the incorrect dose of Moderna's updated COVID-19 vaccine -- but said the dosage is not believed to be dangerous.
The FDA said health providers may be confused over the dosage of the vaccine, which is available to children as young as 6 months of age.
According to the FDA, a single vial of Moderna's current vaccine for children 6 months to 11 years old contains "notably more" than the 0.25 mL dosage children should receive.
Pediatricians and health providers should withdraw 0.25 mL from the vial and discard the rest, the FDA said.
The FDA said it has has not identified any safety risks associated with administration of the higher dose in children. No adverse or serious reactions have been connected to dosing errors.
In a statement sent to WRAL News, the FDA said it "actively working with Moderna to communicate with healthcare providers to ensure the correct dosage of vaccine is administered in individuals 6 months through 11 years of age." --->READ MORE HERE
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