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Protecting your family against flu, viruses: Mom Squad with 3News' Maureen Kyle

A local expert

CLEVELAND — With less than two weeks until Christmas, flu cases remain high nationwide. But there are ways to protect yourself and your kids. Maureen Kyle talks to the CDC and AMA for advice.

Nationwide, the flu positivity rate is near 25%. Hospitals are reaching capacity and families all over are dealing with someone sick at home or within the family. This is causing doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the American Medical Association to issue warnings.

In today's Mom Squad, Maureen Kyle talks to Dr. Willie Underwood with the AMA, and Dr. Leandris Liburd with the CDC, about what families and individuals need to do.

Both doctors stress the importance of getting the flu shot. Dr. Underwood says this year's vaccine is highly effective against the current strain of flu circulating. People who are immunocompromised, elderly or young children need to be the most careful when exposed to the flu.

Dr. Liburd describes the first initial symptoms of the flu as fever and body aches. If you or a family member start to feel these symptoms, you should stay at home to see if your ailments improve or get worse. If they get worse, stay home!

Watch the entire episode below:

There are vaccines for the flu and Covid, but not for RSV, which is one of the concerns doctors across the country have as we head into the winter months. Many have been warning about the "tripledemic" that can lead to serious illness and fill our local hospitals.

To see the entire conversation with the CDC and AMA doctors, you can watch Mom Squad on our WKYC plus channel, now streaming on Roku and Fire TV. Or you can watch it on our WKYC YouTube page.


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