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Washington State is experiencing an overwhelming number of children and babies being hospitalized for respiratory diseases. The CDC has issued a Health Advisory for the state as the rise in the Flu, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and COVID pushes the limits of pediatric hospitals.
Protect children by making sure that they are up to date on flu shots and COVID boosters. Vaccinations reduce the severity of an infection if a child is exposed.
Remember lessons learned in the first COVID surges. Wear masks in crowded spaces. Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer to reduce the risks of infection.
What should you do?
If your infant or child is sick, here are some online resources to help: Seattle Children’s Bronchiolitis Care Packet at seattlechildrens.org and get information at kidshealth.org.
If your child is on Apple Health, here are the nurse support line numbers:
Amerigroup (AMS) 1-866-864-2544
Community Health Plan (CHPW) 1-866-418-2920
Coordinated Care (CCW) 1-877-644-4613
Molina Health Care (MHC) 1-888-275-8750
United Health Care (UHC) 1-877-543-3409