Maine CDC Health Advisory
November 7, 2023
Preparing for Fall/Winter Respiratory Virus Season
Influenza, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are three viral respiratory infections that cause the majority of respiratory-related hospitalizations and deaths in our communities. Influenza and RSV cause seasonal epidemics with timing that varies year to year; COVID-19 burden continues to rise and fall with no seasonality. U.S. CDC's initial respiratory season outlook indicated that, with COVID-19, seasonal influenza, and RSV, even an average respiratory season can place substantial strain on the health care system; U.S. CDC continues to anticipate that the upcoming fall/winter respiratory disease season will likely result in a similar number of hospitalizations as last years respiratory virus season. It is crucial for Maine clinicians to stay up to date with the latest information about prevention, testing, and treatment for these three respiratory infections to reduce the burden of severe disease on our population.