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Maryland Department of Health launches RSV data dashboard

November 26th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

The Department of Health has launched a health dashboard to keep track of  respiratory syncytial virus cases. The RSV dashboard is similar to the COVID-19 dashboard that was launched during the pandemic. The dashboard will be updated every Thursday.

Officials recommend residents get what they call a "flooster." A flooster is the COVID-19 booster vaccine and flu shot combined.

“Maryland has seen an early surge of severe respiratory illness, especially in very young and school-age children,”  Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Dr. Jinlene Chan said in a statement. “Many children recover at home within a week or two, but others can get seriously ill and require hospitalization.” 

The Department of Health released tips to further protect yourself and your family this holiday season:

- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

- Cover coughs and sneezes using a tissue or your upper sleeve, not your hands.

- Stay home if you or your child is sick, except to get medical care.

- Don’t send a sick child to school or child care.

- Consider wearing a mask, especially if you develop symptoms such as runny nose, cough, or fever.

- Get a Flooster