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Utah doctors worried about flu spike amidst COVID-19 and RSV

Kleenexes, glasses, and a mug sit on a table.
Kelly Sikkema

Utah doctors have added the flu to an increasing list of ailments Utahns could experience this winter. COVID-19 and RSV continue to worry physicians at the Primary Children’s Medical Center but they said influenza could be another disease that will place more kids in the hospital.

While the Utah Department of Health still considers the flu as low in severity as of Dec. 4, doctors at Primary Children’s said that flu vaccination rates are down 14% compared to last year. They said the state did not experience the predicted spike in flu cases last winter which could result in a bigger spike this year. This on top of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 and RSV cases.

Primary Children’s Medical Center doctors urged Utahns to make vaccinations a priority for themselves and their children before the holiday season.

Emma Feuz is a senior at Utah State University majoring in broadcast journalism with minors in sociology and political science. She grew up in Evanston, Wyoming where, just like Utah State, the sagebrush also grows. Emma found her love of writing at an early age and slowly discovered her interest in all things audio and visual throughout her years in school. She is excited to put those passions to use at UPR. When school isn't taking up her time, Emma loves longboarding, cheering on the Denver Broncos, and cleaning the sink at Angies.