COVID-19 Hospitalizations Increase as Students Return to School in Michigan

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Increase as Students Return to School in Michigan

Healthcare experts have observed a 9% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations over the past two weeks in Michigan, particularly as students have returned to school, according to Dr. Nike Shoyinka, the medical health officer for Ingham County. This rise in cases has been gradual over the past 5 or 6 weeks, and it remains uncertain if the increase will reach the same levels as last year.

To address the evolving virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals above the age of six months receive the new FDA-approved monovalent vaccine, which specifically targets the Omicron variant. Unlike the bivalent vaccine from last year that targeted two strains, the updated vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna focus on the strains currently circulating.

In addition to the COVID-19 vaccine, there are other preventative measures against respiratory infections, such as the flu shot and a new RSV vaccine for children and the elderly. Dr. Shoyinka emphasizes the importance of receiving multiple vaccines this season if necessary.

Continuing to practice familiar precautions is essential as well. Individuals who are sick should stay at home to prevent the spread of illnesses, especially if experiencing symptoms like coughing, sneezing, or fever. Wearing masks also provides added protection against transmission.

Implementing these measures not only safeguards individual health but also reduces the strain on healthcare workers, allowing hospitals to better respond to other serious infections. It is crucial to take routine measures against the spread of disease to support the overall capacity of healthcare systems.

For those interested in getting a booster shot, the Ingham County Health Department advises making an appointment at a local pharmacy like CVS, Rite-Aid, or Walgreens, or contacting a primary care provider. More information on vaccine locations can be found through local resources.

– Omicron variant: A specific strain of the COVID-19 virus.
– Pfizer and Moderna: Pharmaceutical companies that produce COVID-19 vaccines.
– RSV vaccine: A vaccine designed to protect against respiratory syncytial virus, a common respiratory infection in children and the elderly.

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