Child hospital visits up at start of flu season

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Child hospital visits increased in Rhode Island early this flu season, according to health experts.

Dr. Jay Schuur, with Lifespan, told ABC6 News that kids are coming into the hospital with RSV, COVID-19, influenza, and even the common cold at the start of flu season, when usually cases increase in late fall and early winter.

Schuur said kids are now spending more time in-person with friends and classmates, which affects their immune systems after months of restrictions, accounting for the spike in hospital visits.

According to Shuur, overall, he expects a quieter than normal flu season, because of precautions still being taken with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Categories: Coronavirus, Rhode Island