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Beaumont hospitals restrict visitation due to the flu

Beaumont hospitals restrict visitation due to the flu

The number of cases in Saskatchewan is up 80 percent from a year ago, something Werker says should not worry people in the province.

"These viruses are often linked to more severe illness, especially among children and people age 65 and over", Fitzgerald said.

USA health officials on Friday said plenty of people are getting sick, and the flu has hit epidemic levels - just as it does most winters. "So even if you get the flu, it will be a much more mild case of the flu than what you would have gotten".

TDH also strongly encourages taking precautions to prevent infection with the flu, such as avoiding contact with sick people. There has been some talk about the vaccine not being that effective this year. CBS Chicago reported on a 10-year-old boy in the area who died New Year's Eve after the flu virus attacked his heart.

Athens-Limestone Hospital has issued an advisory asking people not to visit the hospital if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms.

There have been 14 flu-related deaths reported in Iowa since October 1st of 2017.

"If the significant percentage of this population hasn't been vaccinated you have a greater number of individuals that are susceptible to influenza", Echols said. "There's nearly no area in the county that's seen no influenza activity at this point".

This year's flu season has been markedly worse than those of the last few years.

If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Wake Forest Baptist, Cone Health, and Novant Health put in visitor restrictions for the rest of the flu season.

Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin said the season's tally now surpasses the 15 deaths during the swine flu outbreak of 2009-2010.

According to the CDC, there has been a jump in hospitalizations in young children and people over 50.

The DPH urged people to still get the vaccine because it can still help.

According to CDC director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, "While our flu vaccines are far from ideal, they are the best way to prevent getting sick from the flu, and it is not too late to get one".

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