Cold, Flu, RSV and COVID Seasons Bring Challenges for Parents and Schools

It’s cold and flu season — and COVID is still around.

Parents can now add RSV, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, to their list of concerns.

There are vaccines for the flu and COVID, but not for the common cold or RSV, but an RSV vaccine is in development.

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services will offer a COVID-19 and flu vaccine for children ages 6 months to 18 who are afraid of needles and vaccines Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Conduct a comfort clinic for immunizations. The Vaccine Clinic is located in the Health Department at 1005 W. Worley St. Reservations are required.

The vaccine will be in a sensory environment, said Health Department spokesman Ryan Sheehan. Quiet and soothing music is also available. Children also have access to sensory tools such as fidget spinners.

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