CHICAGO (CBS)– Pediatric emergency rooms across Chicago and the suburbs are seeing a major increase in patients, but it’s not due to COVID.
Physicians blame an early onset of winter viruses, like RSV, for filling up area emergency rooms. They credit Chicago and suburban high vaccination rates for the lower number of COVID cases.READ MORE: Kenosha County Sheriff's Deputy Shoots Chicago Homicide Suspect At Bristol Gas Station; Suspect Shot Police K-9 During Confrontation
But they’re now asking parents to think about what type of care is best before rushing to the emergency room.
“To best do that, you can talk with a medical provider to help understand where you will be best served,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike said.READ MORE: Milixen Ardon And Wilfredo Cruz Charged With Murder Of 2-Year-Old Alisson Zelayz, Who Suffered Burns And Bruises In Chicago Lawn
In Chicago, 62 percent of children 12 to 17 have had at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.
Doctors say the best thing parents can do is encourage all adults to get vaccinated to protect younger children who aren’t eligible for the vaccine yet.MORE NEWS: Two Chicago Police Officers Wounded By Accidental Friendly Fire While Confronting Suspect In Lyons, Police Say