Gwen Rummell Reporting –

In a press conference by the Ohio Department of Health, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff reminded the public of the importance of vaccines to prevent respiratory illness.

Dr. Vanderhoff encouraged the use of vaccines, especially with the change of season.

“We really do need to prepare ourselves for the upcoming fall and winter respiratory season, which will undoubtedly include COVID, Influenza, and RSV again this year.”

The FDA recently approved a vaccine targeting Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), a common winter ailment. The CDC endorsed the RSV vaccine and will soon include it in its official vaccine recommendations.

Dr. Michael Forbes, a leading figure in pediatrics, hailed the development as a transformative moment for pediatric care.

“This is actually a historic moment for us in pediatrics. RSV accounts for a lot of the disease that we see, particularly in infants in the first year of life. So we’re grateful for the development of nirsevimab and the FDA approval.”

 At the end of the conference, Dr. Vanderhoff introduced Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Associate Division Director for Primary Care, Dr. Mary Burkhardt, to talk about the mental side of health.

Dr. Burkhardt reiterated the point of keeping children well, including the importance of parental involvement in all aspects of a child’s life.

To view the full press conference, visit the Ohio Department of Health’s YouTube page.

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