As we enter respiratory illness season, JCPH wants to encourage the community to get vaccinated and help reduce the spread of three circulating respiratory viruses, including flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and COVID-19. The flu, COVID-19 and RSV are all highly contagious and it’s possible to get sick with multiple viruses at the same time – with each one having the possibility of dangerous complications.
Some individuals are more at risk for flu complications, including?older adults, young children, pregnant women and people with some chronic health conditions. Older adults and those with chronic health conditions are also at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. The good news is that everyone ages 6 months and older are able to get both their flu and COVID-19 vaccine at the same time. This includes the updated COVID-19 vaccine, that more closely targets currently circulating variants and provides better protection against serious consequences of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death.
RSV also continues to be a big concern this respiratory season, especially for young children and older adults.Fortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved two vaccines against RSV – one for older adults, ages 60 and older, and one for pregnant women near the end of their third trimester. The FDA also recently approved a monoclonal antibody treatment which is recommended for infants up to the age of 8 months old during their first RSV season, and for babies up to the age of 19 months old who may be at increased risk for severe disease due to RSV.
Flu vaccines are available at many healthcare providers, pharmacies and clinics, including at the JCPH clinic at 645 Parfet Street in Lakewood. JCPH does have a very limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine, so please call ahead for appointment availability. Appointments at JCPH are available Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. by calling 303-239-7078. JCPH is also currently offering the adult RSV vaccine if you are eligible and will continue to monitor the arrival of the infant RSV monoclonal antibody treatment as it is released and share information on our website if we receive the treatment.
Find a flu or COVID-19 vaccine site near you or learn more about JCPH's immunization services by visiting our website.
The Senior Leadership Team
Jefferson County Public Health