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THE FLU AND RSV. TWO AND A HALF-YEAR-OLD VINCENT WOUND UP IN THE ER WITH RSV, A 105 TEMPERATURE, A DOUBLE EAR INFECTION AND PNEUMONIA. >> IT WAS REALLY SCARY. RIGHTLY — A REALLY SCARY TIME. MARY: THANKFULLY, VINCENT AND BIG SIS VIVIANNA ARE BOTH RECOVERING FROM RSV NOW, BUT AFTER THE 10 DAYS THEY’VE JUST SURVIVED, THE FAMILY IS THINKING HARD ABOUT THANKSGIVING. >> I THINK WE WILL HAVE TO BE MORE CAUTIOUS. WE HAVE A LOT OF BABIES IN THE FAMILY, WHICH IS SCARY TOO. MARY: RSV IS ALWAYS OUT THERE. FOR MOST OF US, IT PRESENTS AS A BAD COLD, BUT FOR OLDER LOVED ONES, AND OUR YOUNGSTERS, RSV CAN BE SEVERE. ACCORDING TO PUBLIC HEALTH DATA, FIVE HOSPITALS IN MASSACHUSETTS HAVE A TOTAL OF 144 PEDIATRIC ICU BEDS. RIGHT NOW, ONLY 18 OF THOSE BEDS ARE AVAILABLE. EXPERTS SAY NOW IS THE TIME TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FOR THANKSGIVING. GET A COVID BOOSTER AND FLU SHOT. HAND WASH AND COVER COSTS. STAY HOME IF YOU HAVE A FEVER ESPECIALLY WITH A COUGH, CONGESTION OR SORE THROAT. AND CALL YOUR PEDIATRICIAN IF THOSE SYMPTOMS GET WORSE. >> IF YOU HAVE A CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 6 MONTHS, A CHILD OVER A CHILD OVER 6 MONTHS WITH A HISTORY OF PREMATURITY OR CARDIAC OR RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS, THEN YOU DO HAVE TO TAKE A LOT OF PRECAUTIONS RIGHT NOW, AND IN PARTICULAR YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE ARE NOT HOLDING AND TOUCHING YOUR BABY. MARY: BOTTOM LINE, THE EXPERTS

Families concerned about holiday plans as RSV cases surge

RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common cause in kids of coldlike symptoms such as runny nose, cough and fever.For most of us, it presents as a bad cold, but for older loved ones and for youngsters, RSV can be severe. According to public health data, five hospitals in Massachusetts have a total of 144 pediatric ICU beds. Right now, only 18 of those beds are available. “If you have a child under the age of six months or a child over the age of six months with a history of prematurity or cardiac or respiratory problems, then you do have to take a lot of precautions right now,” Dr. Shira Doron with Tufts Medical Center said. “In particular, you need to make sure that a whole bunch of people aren’t holding a touching your baby.”Experts say now is the time to protect your family for Thanksgiving.Doctors suggest getting a COVID-19 booster shot and a flu shot, hand-washing often and covering coughs. Doctors also urge people to stay home if they have a fever, especially with a cough, congestion or sore throat. Two-and-a-half-year-old Vincent wound up in the air with RSV, a fever of 105, a double ear infection and pneumonia.”It was really scary,” Nikki Gazzola said. “It was a really scary time.”Thankfully, Vincent and their big sister Viviana are both recovering from RSV now. But after the 10 days they’ve just survived, the family is thinking hard about Thanksgiving.”I think we’re just going to have to be more cautious,” Gazzola said. “We have a lot of new babies in the family, which is scary, too. So I don’t know. We’ll have to see how everyone feels.”Experts think infections from RSV increased recently because children are more vulnerable now, no longer sheltered from common bugs as they were during pandemic lockdowns. Also, the virus, which usually affects children at ages 1 and 2, is now sickening more kids up to age 5.

RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common cause in kids of coldlike symptoms such as runny nose, cough and fever.

For most of us, it presents as a bad cold, but for older loved ones and for youngsters, RSV can be severe.

According to public health data, five hospitals in Massachusetts have a total of 144 pediatric ICU beds. Right now, only 18 of those beds are available.

“If you have a child under the age of six months or a child over the age of six months with a history of prematurity or cardiac or respiratory problems, then you do have to take a lot of precautions right now,” Dr. Shira Doron with Tufts Medical Center said. “In particular, you need to make sure that a whole bunch of people aren’t holding a touching your baby.”

Experts say now is the time to protect your family for Thanksgiving.

Doctors suggest getting a COVID-19 booster shot and a flu shot, hand-washing often and covering coughs.

Doctors also urge people to stay home if they have a fever, especially with a cough, congestion or sore throat.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Vincent wound up in the air with RSV, a fever of 105, a double ear infection and pneumonia.

“It was really scary,” Nikki Gazzola said. “It was a really scary time.”

Two-and-a-half year old Vincent wound up in the air with RSV, a fever of 105, a double ear infection and pneumonia.

Thankfully, Vincent and their big sister Viviana are both recovering from RSV now. But after the 10 days they’ve just survived, the family is thinking hard about Thanksgiving.

“I think we’re just going to have to be more cautious,” Gazzola said. “We have a lot of new babies in the family, which is scary, too. So I don’t know. We’ll have to see how everyone feels.”

Experts think infections from RSV increased recently because children are more vulnerable now, no longer sheltered from common bugs as they were during pandemic lockdowns. Also, the virus, which usually affects children at ages 1 and 2, is now sickening more kids up to age 5.

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