The COVID-19 pandemic has brought attention to the rise of respiratory viruses in Ohio. In a press conference on Thursday morning, Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Director Bruce Vanderhoff, M.D., MBA, discussed the increasing cases of COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and influenza in the state. He encouraged individuals to take advantage of FDA-approved vaccines available for all three illnesses.
To access these vaccines locally, individuals can contact their healthcare provider, visit a local pharmacy, or attend public health clinics. Additionally, the Flu Shot Finder tool is available to help people find nearby providers offering the flu vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone aged 6 months and older should receive an annual flu vaccine.
Furthermore, the CDC recommends that individuals aged 6 months and older who have not received a COVID vaccine in the past 2 months should get a 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine. It is crucial for individuals to stay informed about these respiratory viruses and take necessary steps to protect themselves and their communities from getting sick.