☷Understanding Respiratory Infections
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Air Force Senior Airman Kasey Ginn , medical technician , administers the COVID - 19 vaccine to Army Capt . Christine Kasprisin , physical therapist , at Brooke Army Medical Center , Fort Sam Houston , Texas , Jan . 26 , 2021 . The San Antonio Military Health System is starting the next phase of the Department of Defense’s COVID - 19 vaccine rollout - - expanding the scope of who is eligible to get vaccinated against the virus . ( U . S . Army photo by Jason W . Edwards ) JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - FORT SAM HOUSTON , Texas ( Nov . 22 , 2022 ) – Th......e nation is seeing an increase in Respiratory Syncytial Virus , or RSV , and flu resulting in a surge in emergency visits and hospitalization , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . RSV and flu affect the lungs , airways , sinuses or throat . While RSV and flu are not new and can occur year - round , these infections are more common during the fall and winter months . It is also possible to be infected with multiple viruses at the same time . Why is there a surge in RSV and flu cases Public health experts attribute the early surge in RSV and flu cases to the following reasons: •A decrease in COVID - 19 precautions , such as masking , social distancing , and relaxation on washing and sanitizing hands . •Flu season data from the southern hemisphere ( Australia and New Zealand ) show that the flu season started earlier than usual , with cases and hospitalizations higher than usual . Who is vulnerable Anyone can get the RSV or flu but the most vulnerable are: •Infants •Elderly •Individuals who are immune compromised How is it spread •Virus droplets in your eyes , nose or mouth from an infected person who coughs , sneezes or talks . •Touching a surface ( doorknobs , counter surfaces ) , sharing eating utensils , or direct close contact with the virus . What can you do to protect yourself and loved ones •Wash or sanitize hands . •Wear a mask , especially when sick . •Use a tissue or elbow when sneezing or coughing . •Maintain a healthy immunity by getting adequate sleep and eating healthy . •Keep children home if they are sick . •CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot . Do you need additional information For in - depth information on RSV , visit https://www . cdc . gov/rsv/index . html . For additional information on the flu , visit https://www . cdc . gov/flu/ . Not too late to vaccinate This year there has been an early and severe start to the cold and flu season within the San Antonio Market and across the nation , with cases of influenza and RSV on the rise . With the upcoming holiday season and family gatherings , please keep in mind that vaccination is still the best protection against viral infections . If you haven’t had your bivalent COVID - 19 vaccine or flu shot , it’s not too late . The following are the SA Market vaccination hours: TRICARE beneficiaries can obtain their COVID - 19 and flu vaccines on a walk - in basis in the Brooke Army Medical Center Allergy and Immunization Clinic ( 3rd floor ) weekdays from 8 a . m . to 12:30 p . m . and 1 p . m . to 3:30 p . m . from Nov . 22 - Dec . 9 . The flu shot is available on a walk - in basis for ages 7 and up and the COVID - 19 bivalent vaccine for ages 12 and up . Please note the clinic will be closed Nov . 24 and 25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday . As a reminder , flu and COVID - 19 shots can be administered at the same time . Bring your COVID vaccination card to help expedite the process . Due to an anticipated increase in demand for the COVID booster , walk - ins may experience a longer than normal wait . Additional BAMC Flu Vaccine Options • Patients 6 months and older can obtain their flu shot during scheduled wellness appointments at the General Pediatric Clinic , the Adolescent Clinic , or at one of the Family Medicine Clinics . • The BAMC General Pediatric clinic provides walk - in flu vaccinations for patients 6 months and older . • The Adolescent and Young Adult Clinic provides walk - in flu vaccinations for their empaneled patients ages 12 and older . • Family Medicine has flu vaccine appointments , which can be booked by calling 210 - 916 - 9900 . • Network/community pharmacies . For a list of participating pharmacies , visit https://www . tricare . mil/networkpharmacy . Bivalent COVID - 19 vaccine boosters are available by appointment in the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center Immunizations Clinic by calling CAMO at 210 - 916 - 9900 . Active duty members can walk in to the WHASC Immunizations Clinic ( third floor , D wing ) for their flu vaccination Mondays , Tuesdays , Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a . m . to 3:30 p . m . and Wednesdays from 9:30 a . m . to 3:30 p . m . Nov . 21 - Dec . 29 . The exception is Wednesday , Nov . 23 when the clinic will close at noon . The clinic will be closed Nov . 24 and 25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday . Non - active duty beneficiaries can get vaccinated by appointment; call CAMO at 210 - 916 - 9900 . Or , you can get a flu shot from a network pharmacy; for information , visit https://tricare . mil/CoveredServices/IsItCovered/FluVaccine . Starting Jan . 3 , all vaccination services will transition back to appointments . The COVID - 19 vaccines protect against the original form of the infectious respiratory disease as well as against the dominant omicron variant and its subvariants , which continue to mutate to become more easily transmissible . All flu vaccines in the United States for the 2022 - 2023 season protect against four different circulating flu viruses . For more information on COVID - 19 and flu shots , visit https://www . health . mil/News/Articles/2022/10/14/Time - to - Get - Your - Flu - Shot - and - Your - COVID - 19 - Booster - Too
24 November 2022 ( November 24 2022 )
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