Flu hospitalizations are rising and they are higher at this point in the season than they have been in a decade. Flu is one of several respiratory illnesses circulating, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and COVID-19.
If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, there’s still time to protect yourself. Getting a flu vaccine is a safe and quick way to help protect yourself and your family from potentially serious flu complications. Even when vaccination does not prevent infection completely, it can reduce the duration and severity of illness and can help prevent hospitalization and death.
COVID-19 cases are also on the rise. The best way to know if you or your child is sick with flu, RSV, or COVID-19 is to get tested. You cannot tell the difference between these illnesses by symptoms alone. Free COVID-19 testing is available every Thursday: https://www.lawrencetwp.com/media/Covid19/VaxSlackwoodFire.pdf. At-home testing kits are also available at the Mercer County Library’s Hopewell branch (while supplies last).
Protect your family and community by staying up-to-date with recommended vaccines and staying home when sick. Always cover your mouth when coughing/sneezing, wash hands often, and consider wearing a mask when visiting indoor public places.