Julio Enriquez gets a Moderna COVID-19 bivalent booster shot at a free vaccine clinic at the Sanderson Community Center in Taylorsville on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. It’s not just young children who can end up hospitalized — or worse — with respiratory syncytial virus.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

It’s not just young children who can end up hospitalized — or worse — with RSV.

Respiratory syncytial virus outbreaks are already filling pediatric beds at hospitals across the United States, including in Utah, where Primary Children’s Hospital has postponed some surgeries and outpatient treatments due to a surge in RSV and flu cases.

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Older adults are vulnerable to RSV, too. Hospitalization rates for seniors in the United States are about 10 times higher than pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels at this point in the virus season, CNN reported, citing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showing about six of every 100,000 seniors have been hospitalized with RSV.

While that’s much less than what’s being seen in children, the respiratory virus that usually means mild cold-like symptoms for adults can be dangerous to those who are over 65 years old, or who have chronic heart or lung disease, or weakened immune systems, according to the CDC.

“Anybody can get RSV,” said Janelle Delgadillo, an epidemiologist with …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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