With the winter cold gripping much of the United States and Canada, it’s no surprise that some vaccination clinics are seeing a higher number of people going in to get their flu shots. Just like any other medical clinic or hospital, they’re fully equipped with resources for helping individuals who can’t do much themselves (in this case, from an illness). What happens when more patients come? How does someone stay healthy during such a time?
(CBSLA) – WILMINGTON (CBSLA) – As health authorities report high transmission rates, rising case numbers, and other reasons that may be causing the spike in persons attending a vaccine site in Wilmington, a COVID surge may have begun in Los Angeles County.
“We’re very thrilled, and we’re sort of celebrating,” said parent Amanda Luna, whose family brought pizza to the Wilmington clinic since everyone in their family would have had their COVID-19 injections by Thursday night.
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8th of December, 2021 (credit: CBS)
The Luna Family was among the throngs of individuals that flocked to the clinic at a pace that Dr. Jerry Abraham said he hasn’t seen since the immunizations were originally made available.
“I believe the Omicron variation is to blame for part of it.” “I believe the LAUSD requirement to be completely vaccinated by December 19, I believe Pfizer’s emergency use permission for 5 to 11-year-olds, and I believe everyone understands they need a booster, preferably before the holidays so kids can be safe,” said Dr. Abraham of Kedren Health.
With news that LA County is again back in what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified as a rate of “high transmission,” immunizations are more important than ever.
Since Thanksgiving, the number of new daily infections has increased by 19%.
9th of December, 2021 (credit: CBS)
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Both the Delta and new Omicron types are causing the winter spike, according to Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.
“So, we have a lot of community transmission going on, and when there’s a lot of opportunity for individuals to mix, you run the danger of these numbers simply continuing to climb.”
Experts predict that fewer people will get very sick or die as a result of immunizations and new therapies, but emergency department physicians warn that there are additional consequences to consider.
“The instances of Omicron double every one to two days, whereas those of Delta double every one to five days.” So, even if it turns out to be less virulent, we still have a highly transmissible variant on our hands, and if we have an outbreak, even if it’s only a small percentage of a large number of cases, that’s still a significant number of cases that could overwhelm our hospitals,” Dr. Michael Daignault told CBSLA.
That’s one of the reasons Dr. Abraham’s commitment to vaccinate everyone he can continues, with an emphasis on young Black and Latino males, who have the lowest vaccination rates.
“These aren’t only for the elderly, ill, or young; they’re for everyone,” Dr. Abraham added. “They’re for the young invincible and the most manliest among us.”
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In Los Angeles County on Wednesday, more than 1,700 instances of COVID-19 were detected, roughly twice the amount reported just before Thanksgiving.