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Local docs tackle pediatric respiratory illnesses

Door County has not been immune to struggles with pediatric respiratory illnesses like RSV, the flu, and COVID-19. Door County Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Heise and Pediatrician Dr. Shane Colvin addressed the topics during a Facebook Live session on Tuesday night. Heise pointed out that as children’s hospitals in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Madison were filling up with young patients suffering from respiratory illnesses, Door County Medical Center was experiencing an influx of respiratory illness cases, primarily due to RSV. Colvin says there is a good reason why children, especially infants, have struggled with the virus.

Heise says the most significant struggle parents are having is deciding if their kids are sick and what they might be suffering from if they are sick.

Both doctors recommend practicing using some of the same strategies used to protect yourself from COVID-19, including washing your hands, getting vaccinated, and staying home when you are sick. You can watch the full presentation below.



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