Surge in Sinus Infections, Strep, and RSV Cases Prior to Thanksgiving Break – Baltimore Gay Life

Title: Flu Season on the Rise: Tarrytown Pharmacy Reports Increase in Illnesses

Subtitle: St. David’s Medical Center Urges Vigilance during the Holiday Season

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(BaltimoreGayLife) – As the winter months approach, the flu season is fast approaching its peak, with health officials expecting a surge in flu activity between December and February. Already, Tarrytown Pharmacy in Austin has observed an increase in flu cases following the Thanksgiving holiday, indicating the spread of the virus within the community. However, it is not just the flu that residents should worry about, as other respiratory illnesses, such as sinus infections and ear infections, are also on the rise, along with an unexpected surge in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases, particularly in children.

Rannon Ching, the president of Tarrytown Pharmacy, revealed that RSV usually peaks in January or February. However, this year, an unusually early peak has been observed in November and December. Driven by these circumstances, St. David’s Medical Center has reported a rise in cases of flu, RSV, and strep throat as the holiday season approaches. Notably, strep throat and RSV are predominantly affecting children and young adults, while flu cases span across all age groups.

Taking note of the situation, Dr. Ryan McCorkle from St. David’s Medical Center emphasized the importance of following good hygiene practices such as consistent hand washing, wearing masks, avoiding sharing drinks, and refraining from close contact like kissing relatives to prevent the spread of COVID-19, flu, and strep.

Ching also highlighted that even though temperatures have not dropped significantly, colder weather often leads to an increase in sickness. To combat the rising demand, Tarrytown Pharmacy has stocked up on penicillins and generic Tamiflu for flu treatment. However, Ching warns that medication shortages may occur as more people fall ill and doctors prescribe more medications.

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Fortunately, flu, COVID-19, and RSV shots are widely available for those seeking preventive measures against these illnesses. However, a nationwide shortage of RSV shots for children under the age of 2, including at Tarrytown Pharmacy, has been reported, creating concern among parents and caregivers.

As the winter months progress, it is crucial for individuals to remain cautious and prioritize their health and hygiene. By working together to follow preventive measures and seeking timely medical attention, the community can help mitigate the impact of this season’s illnesses.

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