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Flu, RSV, COVID and more: Illinois' Public Health Director says challenges remain heading into 2023

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Formal portrait Dr. Sameer Vohra Jul 14, 2015,

Dr. Sameer Vohra says there is good news and bad news at the close of 2022

Health leaders say they’ve learned a lot over the last two and a half years from COVID-19 – skills and information they can use in the future.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Doctor Sameer Vohra points to the importance of infrastructure when it comes to public health, so that information and care can be shared quickly and effectively.

Vohra says the state isn't out of the woods when it comes to COVID-19. But he says there is good news: RSV numbers are coming down, freeing up needed ICU beds for patients battling influenze, COVID, and other viruses.

Doctor Vohra says the recommendations remain the same - stay up-to-date on your vaccines, wear a mask if you're going to be in crowded places, and stay home if you're sick. You can find more information at your local health department, or at https://dph.illinois.gov.

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