COVID and Flu Surge Sparks Urgency for Vaccination and Precautions

23.12.2023 posted by Admin

Rising COVID-19 and Flu Threats Demand Vigilance

Amidst the festive spirit, health authorities are sounding the alarm about a surge in COVID-19 and the flu.

With the holiday season in full swing, it can be challenging, as people eagerly wish to reunite with family. However, Madison Schaeffer, the head of the NMDOH Hotline, emphasizes the imperfections of COVID tests, indicating the possibility of flu or RSV. Cautioning the public, she stresses the importance of staying away from others if feeling unwell.

The New Mexico Department of Health expresses particular concern about a newly contagious strain of COVID-19, JN.1. Schaeffer notes the usual pattern of such outbreaks starting in Europe, spreading to the east coast, and eventually reaching New Mexico.

To combat the rising threat, the recommended course of action is to roll up your sleeve and get vaccinated. Schaeffer advises getting the booster shot before embarking on holiday travels, acknowledging the imperfect timing but highlighting its importance.

Mandy Cohen, director of the CDC, voices concern over low vaccination rates, citing that only 40% of adults have received their flu shot, and a mere 18% have opted for the updated COVID vaccine.

In addition to vaccination, maintaining good hygiene practices is crucial. Washing hands frequently and wearing masks can go a long way in safeguarding yourself and your loved ones during this festive season.

When interacting with vulnerable individuals, such as seniors or those with compromised immunity, Schaeffer suggests taking extra precautions, including the use of masks. This is especially important when traveling, whether on a plane or visiting places with a high concentration of sick individuals, like a doctor's office.
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