The Marshall County Health Department has put a warning out for an uptick in hospitalizations. 

In the past four weeks hospitalizations among all age groups have increased by 200% for influenza, 51% for COVID-19, and 60% for RSV. Nationally 12 pediatric influenza deaths have been reported this season thus far.

In Indiana, hospital admissions, emergency department visits, deaths, and cases are increasing. Indiana has reported 1 pediatric influenza death this season. COVID19 is the main driver of viral respiratory deaths. Influenza, COVID-19, and RSV can result in severe disease, especially among unvaccinated persons.

Vaccination for influenza, COVID-19, RSV, and Pneumococcal disease can reduce the risk of severe disease, including pneumonia, hospitalization, and death. Vaccination for COVID-19 can also reduce the incidence of MIS-C (Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is a group of symptoms linked to swollen/inflamed, organs or tissues) and post-COVID conditions.

Contact your medical provider for guidance and more information or contact the Marshall County Health Department at 574-935-8565 with questions or to schedule an appointment for adult and children’s Influenza, Covid-19, RSV and pneumococcal vaccines.