The Flu Too?; MIS-C Charges Up; New Zealand faces the enemy anew

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The Flu Too?; MIS-C Rates Up; New Zealand faces the enemy anew

Get your flu shot

Health officials don't expect the 2020-21 flu season to retreat just because its giant cousin is devastating the planet. The Washington Post reported Thursday on the multiple plans to increase the production and use of influenza vaccines. The U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention will run a public education campaign encouraging people to get a flu shot. The pharmaceutical company Sanofi promises to start a campaign to vaccinate the elderly. In Korea, the Korea Herald reported that Sanofi would continue its campaign to vaccinate the homeless there. The Washington Post reported that there should be 200 million doses of flu vaccine this year, a 13% increase from the previous year.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

It turns out that the kids are not doing well after all. As of July 29, 570 teenagers in that country had signs and symptoms of Childhood Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, or MIS-C. All of these children had blood-borne evidence of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to the online version of the CDC's weekly report on morbidity and mortality dated Aug. 7. About 200 had properties of MIS-C that were described earlier in the pandemic – shock, severely elevated markers of inflammation, stomach pain, heart abnormalities. The rest had symptoms that were less severe or that overlapped with the virus. Overall, most of the patients were treated in an intensive care unit; 10 died.

On Thursday, August 13th, the Sun Sentinel reported an increase in cases of MIS-C in South Florida. Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Florida has treated 18 children with MIS-C as of August 1. The disease isn't common, but like Dr. Ronald Ford, the hospital's chief physician, told Sentinel, “We saw the rise in new infections in July. It's still rare, but the number of children infected has increased. "The condition is seen elsewhere as well. Louisiana reported that by Aug. 10, 44 teenagers had MIS-C and 4 had died.

New Zealand

There are more new COVID-19 cases in New Zealand than previously reported. In a press conference last week, Ashley Bloomfield, MD, director general of health, said there is a group of 49 confirmed cases starting in the city of Auckland, CNN reported. The city, he said, will remain on hold for another 12 days; The minimum would have been 3 days. New Zealand has been COVID-free for over 100 days.

The cluster has now spread to two people in Tokoroa, a nearby town. These cases bring New Zealand's total to 1,251 confirmed cases. The country remains at level 2 for another 12 days, and Auckland remains at level 3. The country is under quarantine and testing. "There is no guilt or stigma on someone who has COVID-19 and we should treat one another as we want to be treated with dignity and respect," said Dr. Bloomfield and reminded people to treat healthcare workers with respect as they try to contain the new COVID-19 cases. "The problem is the virus, it's not people, people are the solution."

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