The local health department is urging vaccinations to be updated before the holidays

The local health department is urging vaccinations to be updated before the holidays

The Polk County Health Department is urging people to get updated respiratory shots with an alarmingly low number of doses reported in recent months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitalization rates for influenza, COVID-19, and RSV are the highest they have been since March. Combined with these high rates, the number of people vaccinated against the respiratory illness is alarmingly low. According to the Department of Public Health In Iowa, 12.4% of Polk County residents have the latest information on coronavirus. 19 vaccine. That’s a staggering drop from the 68.5% of people who were informed as of August 31. The department also says 31.3% of Polk County neighbors got the updated flu vaccine this year. It is the lowest rate since the department began reporting numbers online in 2017. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17% of adults over 60 nationally reported receiving the RSV vaccine. No matter how healthy you are, it’s important to remember others, said Madison Vangundy, of the Polk County Health Department. “Think about your grandparents. Think about the pregnant mothers in your life. Think about someone fighting cancer,” she said. “By getting your respiratory shots up to date,” she said. “You’re helping protect their health, too.” Moen’s neighbors have different ideas about why vaccine rates are so low this time of year. “I think people are getting complacent,” Tom Johnsen said. “It’s been a few years since the coronavirus came out,” Tammy McLaren said. If you haven’t gotten one dose in the past six months, it’s time to get another.

The Polk County Health Department is urging people to get updated respiratory shots with an alarmingly low number of doses reported in recent months.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitalization rates for influenza, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus are the highest they have been since March.

In addition to these high rates, the number of people receiving vaccination against respiratory diseases is alarmingly low.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, 12.4% of Polk County residents have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

That’s a staggering decline from the 68.5% of people who were informed as of August 31.

The department also says 31.3% of Polk County neighbors got the updated flu vaccine this year.

It’s the lowest rate since the department began reporting numbers online in 2017.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nationally, 17% of adults over the age of 60 reported receiving the respiratory syncytial virus vaccine.

No matter how healthy you are, it’s important to remember others you may be putting at risk, said Madison Vangundy, with the Polk County Health Department.

“Think about your grandparents. Think about the pregnant mothers in your life. Think about someone fighting cancer. By getting the updated respiratory doses, you’re helping to protect their health, too,” she said.

Des Moines neighbors have different ideas about why vaccine rates are so low this time of year.

“I think people are prioritizing this time of the season over some other things, especially since it seems like the COVID-19 concerns have diminished a little bit,” Tom Johnsen said.

“I think people are getting complacent. It’s been a few years since COVID-19,” Tammy McLaren said.

No matter how many COVID-19 vaccines you’ve had so far, you only need the most recent dose to be considered up-to-date, VanGundy said. However, if you have not gotten one dose within the past six months, it may be time to get another dose.

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