Title: Guam Preparing for Fall Viral Risks: COVID-19, RSV, and Flu
As Guam prepares for the upcoming fall season, the risk of seasonal viruses such as COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and the flu has become a growing concern. With an aim to protect the island’s residents, Dr. Céline Gounder, a medical contributor for CBS News, has provided important recommendations on how to safeguard oneself from these infections.
In her expert advice, Dr. Gounder emphasizes the need for high-risk individuals, including the elderly, pregnant women, and those with chronic health conditions, to be extra cautious and prioritize following the recommended precautions. It is particularly crucial for them to pay attention to Dr. Gounder’s recommendations.
While individuals aged 60 and above have access to an RSV vaccine, it is advisable for them to seek personalized advice from healthcare providers. In light of recent developments, the FDA has approved a new immunization called nirsevimab, a monoclonal antibody shot specially designed to protect infants aged 8 months and below from RSV.
Considering the imminent rise in COVID-19 cases during the fall and winter seasons, there is an urgent need for COVID boosters. To address this concern, an updated vaccine formula with boosters will be made available to ensure protection against recent variants of the virus. It is important to note that individuals aged 6 months and older are eligible for the booster shot, with high-risk individuals being of utmost priority.
In addition to COVID-19, getting vaccinated against the flu remains critical. Experts predict an early onset of the flu season this year, making it even more important to take preventative measures. Dr. Gounder suggests that September or October is an opportune time to receive the flu shot.
Last year’s flu shot has proven highly effective, providing substantial protection for individuals across all age groups, including the elderly and immunocompromised populations. This offers reassurance and underscores the significance of being proactive about receiving the flu vaccine.
As fall approaches, Guam News Factor advises all residents, especially high-risk individuals, to heed the advice of medical experts. Taking appropriate precautions, seeking personalized advice, and getting vaccinated against COVID-19, RSV, and the flu will collectively contribute to safeguarding the community against these seasonal viruses.
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