09/29/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/29/2023 07:47
As we move into fall and winter, we know the viruses that cause respiratory disease will usually circulate more heavily in communities. Already, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said it expects this year to be similar to last year when we saw higher than normal numbers of hospitalizations from COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and flu as surges in cases from the "tripledemic" presented many challenges for our nation's hospitals and care teams.
The good news is we have weapons to protect ourselves and our loved ones against all three of these respiratory viruses and diseases - vaccines.
Flu shots are generally widely accessible. Updated Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older are now available. And earlier this month, the CDC recommended the first maternal vaccine to protect newborns from severe illness from RSV, the leading cause of hospitalization for American infants.
The people working in hospitals and health systems are trusted sources of information. Answering questions, sharing personal reasons for getting vaccinated and respecting people's concerns about vaccination are all powerful ways we can help our communities stay healthy.
The AHA has been and continues to work on many fronts to share the message about the importance of getting vaccinated.
Vaccination against these respiratory viruses is important for everyone and especially for those who are at higher risk of developing serious complications, including older Americans and those with weakened immune systems.
We'll keep sharing the message that vaccinations are safe, simple and effective ways to protect individuals, families, health care workers and entire communities.