BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The fall respiratory virus season is once again upon us, and many people may be wondering how to keep themselves and their families healthy over the next several months. While the COVID-19 pandemic may be over, medical experts said the virus is still with us, as we’ve seen with the uptick of cases and hospitalizations late this summer.

The arrival of yet another flu season underscores the need to ensure children and adults are up-to-date on the available preventative vaccines, including those for flu vaccines, updated COVID-19 boosters targeting the current recent variants, and the new respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccines and preventative therapy, according to medical experts.

“Anyone six months and older should get the updated COVID-19 vaccine and the flu shot,” said Dr. Rosha McCoy, who is a pediatrician and senior director for advancing clinical leadership and quality at the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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