Pediatric flu cases on the rise in North Alabama | News

Pediatric flu cases are on the rise, according to a health official at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. With the new Covid-19 omicron variant making its way to Alabama, more children may be at risk.

dr. Candice Dye, a pediatrician at UAB Children’s Hospital, said they are experiencing the highest number of pediatric cases they have ever seen. As we enter what she calls the quintessential winter virus season, she expects an even greater number of sick children seeking treatment.

“Until more of the population is vaccinated, we will continue to see variants and worsening outcomes, or worsening transmissibility, more severe and faster,” Dye said.

She said parents who are hesitant to get the shot for their children should know that vaccination is the only way out of this pandemic.

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