Urgent Updates | November 9, 2023

Whooping Cough Outbreak Reported in Northern Michigan

An outbreak of whooping cough in Northern Michigan has health officials reminding parents to get their children vaccinated. Six cases of pertussis illness, also known as whooping cough, were identified last week in children under the age of 4, according to the District 4 Health Department. Full Access: MLIVE

RSV Shots for Infants in Short Supply: CDC

The monoclonal antibody for preventing the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), in infants is in short supply, and federal officials are advising doses to be prioritized for those at the highest risk for severe illness, with the drug’s manufacturer saying demand has outpaced expectations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday issued a health advisory recommending prioritizing available 100-milligram doses of the RSV monoclonal antibody nirsevimab — known commercially as Beyfortus — for “infants at the highest risk for severe RSV disease.” Full Access: The Hill

Electric Scooter Injuries Increased More than 70% in Youth Age 18 and Younger from 2020-2021

As standing electric scooters (e-scooters) have become an increasingly popular mode of transportation, new research finds a 71% increase in injuries reported in children and teens ages 18 and younger from 2020 to 2021, with limited use of helmets resulting in the head as the most injured body part.  Full Access: Eurkalert