Maine CDC has issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) Public Advisory
Influenza, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) collectively account for the majority of respiratory-related hospitalizations and fatalities within our communities. Influenza and RSV typically lead to seasonal outbreaks, with the timing varying from year to year, while COVID-19 follows no distinct seasonal pattern, fluctuating in prevalence. The initial respiratory season outlook from the U.S. CDC highlighted that even during an average respiratory season, the combined impact of COVID-19, seasonal influenza, and RSV can significantly strain the healthcare system. The U.S. CDC anticipates that the upcoming fall/winter respiratory disease season will likely result in a similar number of hospitalizations as the previous year's respiratory virus season. Therefore, it is of paramount importance for healthcare professionals in Maine to remain informed about the latest developments in prevention, testing, and treatment for these three respiratory infections to mitigate the burden of severe illness on our population.
Maine CDC has released a Preparing for Fall/Winter Respiratory Virus Season
with important information and resources. A great resource to keep handy heading into this season.
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