As flu season closes in, precautions encouraged by Laredo Health Department

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With flu season right around the corner, it remains important for Laredo residents to be cautious as both influenza and COVID-19 continue to be a risk.

While years prior, the increased caution and the use of masks helped and are once again being recommended for all residents.

According to Dr. Richard Chamberlain, Health Department Director, respiratory virus co-infections are more likely to occur during winters. This means you can get COVID-19 and influenza at the same time. In conjunction to masks, both the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine are highly encouraged to mitigate the risks this fall and winter season.

“We at Laredo Health will always continue to encourage the use of face masks in heavily crowded areas, during increased community risk and outbreak situations,” he said. “The severity of influenza seasons have varied over time from low to high community risk. We are hopeful to observe a mild season because of new influenza and SARS-CoV-2 vaccines that are available to help break the cycle of transmission.”

Similarly, a responsible action to take is to stay home when one is sick to ensure that either virus is spread to others.

Chamberlain said that the health department has begun to collect flu data through a volunteer influenza active surveillance program in collaboration with nine sentinel organizations.

“I would like to thank our sentinel organizations for their continued support providing influenza data throughout the season; we have better health through better partnerships,” he said. “Laredo Health works closely with all schools securing and enabling access to influenza vaccine and subject matter expertise for disease control when needed or observed.”

Last year, on Oct. 6, the first pediatric death related to COVID and influenza convergence was reported.

The goal now continues to be mitigating any risk of disease fatalities within the community, COVID-19 or influenza.

 

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