Parents looking for cold, flu, and fever medications for their kids are finding increasingly emptier shelves. With pediatric experts stating that this holiday season the demand for children’s respiratory treatments increased by over 65% that of last December, some drugstore chains are limiting purchases of products to alleviate RSV, influenza, and COVID-19 symptoms.
As parents plan for the holidays, Washington children’s hospitals are suffering capacity and staffing issues that are putting significant strain on providers. A surge in RSV, a contagious respiratory virus, is bringing pediatric hospital staffing and financial issues to the forefront. Flu cases are also beginning to rise and hospital officials are looking toward another potential Covid-19 wave, they worry about the capacity for the state’s youngest patients.