Local pediatricians see increase in cases among children, some with strep throat or RSV as well

Since the school started, some local pediatricians have reported an increase in COVID cases among children.

dr. Robert Dracker, medical director of Summerwood Pediatrics, said they have seen an increase.

He explained that they have seen two to six cases every day in both their offices of younger children and adolescents.

He said the virus mirrors the common cold and flu in children, and vaccinated children have also tested positive. Their symptoms were less severe because they had recently received the vaccine.

Dracker says studies have shown that the flu vaccine offers some help in fighting COVID, so he suggests everyone get it.

He has also seen patients infected with COVID at the same time as strep throat or RSV.

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