Respiratory viruses including Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Influenza (flu), and COVID-19 are spreading across Colorado and the nation. All of these viruses cause similar symptoms including cough, congestion and fever. Most people will have mild symptoms but others, especially young children, may develop severe illness and require hospitalization. RSV hospitalizations in Colorado children are increasing faster and earlier this year than they have before, which is putting a significant strain on our hospitals.
There is no vaccine for RSV but you can protect yourself, your community and your loved ones by getting your COVID-19 and flu vaccines this season. Other strategies that can help protect yourself and those around you include staying home when you are sick, washing your hands often, cleaning frequently-used surfaces and covering your cough or coughing into your elbow.
Consider calling your healthcare provider when your child is sick, even if they have tested negative for COVID-19. Your provider can help you determine the best ways to manage symptoms, recommend additional tests and advise you on when to seek emergency care. If your doctor gives you a diagnosis (e.g. RSV, flu, COVID-19, etc.), please notify your school nurse.
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