A combination of respiratory illnesses that can seriously affect young children is on the rise in several states across the country, including Florida. And here in Miami, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital confirmed an increase in tripledemia cases this afternoon.
It’s National Influenza Vaccine Week, which is available from age 6 months and the flu, as it’s called, is part of a combination of three respiratory viruses affecting young children.
JC Trice Community Clinic is one of three locations in Miami Gardens participating in National Flu Vaccine Week, December 5-9.
Dr. Xavier Namen of JC Trice Community Clinic says:
“This year we’ve seen influenza come with complications from other viruses, so it’s important that our patients get vaccinated.”
They will be offering flu shots for the whole family to raise awareness about the importance of protection amid a surge known as a triple endemic.
“Many times their symptoms are worse and our hospitals can cause death, in all the centers we see patients coming in and out because these viruses are present,” says Naman.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, a mix of illnesses that include influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, and other respiratory viruses.
It is mostly affecting children’s hospitals in the north of the country. But South Florida is also seeing an increase in these cases.
Dr Marcos Mestre, Nicklaus Children Director, said:
“If we are busy we are seeing patients with different respiratory viruses entering the hospital.”
Pediatric offices and emergency centers and the most affected are toddlers and school-age children, according to what the director of the medical center told us.
Dr. Marcos Mestre, director of Nicklaus Children’s, says:
“We think with some viruses, young children who were not exposed to the virus during Covid because they were inside with a mask on and this is the first time they have been exposed and they don’t have the necessary immune systems to fight off the infection.” Not there.”
Symptoms of “tripledemia” are fever, congestion, cough, headache and sore throat, fatigue, and trouble breathing.
To prevent the spread, it is recommended to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, wear a mask, wash your hands and maintain your distance.
The doctor says the number of cases in South Florida is not as alarming as in the north of the country. As far as covid is concerned, it is different, some cases have been reported, but what is common today is flu and a combination of the three viruses.