November 13, 2023
Cases of Influenza-Like Illnesses on the rise
MOBILE, Ala. — Data collected by the Mobile County Health Department’s Data Science Team has shown that 14 percent of emergency room visits last week in Mobile County were related to acute respiratory disease, particularly Influenza-Like Illnesses (ILI). It is common to get sick from respiratory viruses such as COVID-19, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), especially in the fall and winter.
For the first time in U.S. history, vaccines for all three major respiratory viruses — COVID-19, flu, and RSV — will be available this fall. Make sure you communicate with your healthcare provider to determine your vaccine eligibility and recommendations. This will be an important strategy to prevent severe disease and protect yourself and others around you.
For many, gathering with loved ones to celebrate the holidays during this season is an important tradition. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help you and your loved ones stay healthy this holiday season.
“The treatment of many of the viral respiratory illnesses are supportive in nature, cough, decongestants, and anti-fever medications or simply rest and hydration,” said Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, Health Officer of Mobile County. “Also, minimize other causes through annual flu and COVID-19 vaccinations and for those at risk getting the new RSV vaccination.”
Dr. Michaels goes on to encourage social distancing, hand washing, cough etiquette, and the use of facial coverings in congested indoor spaces. To find a location to get your shots, visit https://www.vaccines.gov.