Cold, flu, RSV and COVID season presents challenges for parents and schools

Cold, flu, RSV and COVID season presents challenges for parents and schools
Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services nurse Taylor Knoth prepares to vaccinate 5-year-old Stone Leonard against COVID-19 in November while his mother, Jessica, volunteers at Mill Creek Elementary School , holds his son.

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

Parents can now add RSV, respiratory syncytial virusto your list of concerns.

Vaccines are available for influenza and COVID, but not for colds or RSV, although an RSV vaccine is in development.

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services will hold a flu and COVID-19 vaccination comfort clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for children ages 6 months to 18 years who are anxious by needles or vaccines. The immunization clinic will be at the health department, 1005 W. Worley St. Appointments are required.

The shots will be in a sensory-friendly setting, said Ryan Sheehan, a spokesman for the health department. The shots will be given in a quiet room away from the clinic with low lighting. Calm and relaxing music will also be available. Kids will also have access to sensory tools including fidget spinners.

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