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Tripledemic? What CDC recommends for COVID, flu and RSV

October 5, 2023 – As we move into fall and winter, the specter of a “tripledemic” – when cases of COVID-19, flu and RSV increase concurrently – looms over our heads.

Leading experts from the CDC met and discussed it on Wednesday three viruses what we’re faced with and the way we are able to best protect ourselves and others.

At the meeting, CDC Director Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, said clear, easy messaging is paramount at once: The best option to protect yourself from this season's worst viruses is thru vaccination. Anyone over 6 months old should get it Flu shot and updated Covid vaccination; Pregnant women and adults over 60 should get vaccinated against RSV. For all of those viruses, the month of October is the very best time to get vaccinated to stop later infections.

“Concomitant administration of this vaccine with influenza and COVID vaccines is completely acceptable,” said Demetre Daskalakis, MD, MPH, acting director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). “And it's important to remember that there is a lot of overlap between the conditions that can increase the risk of influenza and COVID and those that can also increase the risk of severe RSV disease.”

Review of CDCs updated recommendation list For all three shots, Daskalakis said if you’ve got already received a dose of the previous COVID vaccine, you must wait about two months before getting the updated shot. If you’ve got recently had COVID, that is CDC guidelines saychances are you’ll consider waiting three months to receive the brand new COVID vaccination.

In addition to the initial series of vaccinations and one dose of the updated vaccine, Daskalakis said immunocompromised individuals may now receive additional doses depending on their doctor's suggestion.

Regarding RSV in infants, Daskalakis noted that every one babies are eligible for nirsevimab, the monoclonal antibody treatment to guard against RSV. Another option to focus on newborns and young children is to vaccinate pregnant women between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy.

With all these viruses, experts agreed that speed is the important thing to treatment. Getting tested as soon as possible, getting antiviral medications like Paxlovid for COVID-19 or those for the flu, and covering up when you've been exposed to a virus are all vital strategies for shielding others from infection.

There have been such for the reason that introduction of the updated COVID vaccine many reports from individuals who have difficulty getting an appointment or whose appointments are canceled on the last minute. Daskalakis and Nirav Shah, MD, JD, principal deputy director of the CDC, addressed these topics.

“Public health vaccine distribution is very different from commercial vaccine distribution,” said Daskalakis, who said the transition took a yr to arrange. Despite the reports, he said, the CDC is seeing a rise in vaccine shipments each day to all providers, be they pharmacies or doctor's offices.

“Please don’t give up on the vaccine, know that the vaccine is available,” Shah said. “And please again contact your doctor, contact your pharmacist, because it is likely that they will receive the vaccine now if they did not receive it two weeks ago.”