Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Patients, guests asked to wear masks at hospital over flu concerns

Patients, guests asked to wear masks at hospital over flu concerns

On a positive note, there were no new influenza outbreaks reported this week at long-term care facilities. Since 2009, Rush has conducted year-round planning for every flu season that he said has helped mitigate its burden, Segreti said.

She could not say if any had been admitted.

Some central IN hospitals have begun restricting visitors because of the increased number of flu cases IN the state. It is especially important for pregnant women and others at high risk for complications.

Usually just one subtype, either influenza A or B, is responsible for the majority of cases but last week 522 cases of type A and 546 cases of type B were recorded in England and Wales. According to the CDC, the 21 states with "high flu activity" include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. If someone does get the flu after having received the vaccine, it will be shorter and less severe in most cases, he said.

Also, according to CDC, the proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illness [ILI] was 5 percent nationally, as of the week ending December 23.

Visitors with influenza-like illnesses, fever or cough.

"We still have a few more months ahead in this season".

The CDC predicts that the amount of flu cases nationwide will likely peak sometime before the end of January, and is encouraging people to receive their annual flu vaccines, which doctors say could prevent or greatly reduce symptoms of the virus. Six of the deaths were people 65 and older, according to the state data.


Something similar happened a few years ago. "Even if the vaccine isn't as effective this year as we might hope it to be, it still is the best insurance of not getting seriously ill from the flu".

At Riverview Health, they have seen about 60 patients this week alone with the flu. "It's just as high up there as a vaccine". By avoiding contact with people who have it and one of the best ways to do that is with a smartphone and smartwatch app.

¯ Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.

And if you're not already home fighting off the bug, it's still a good idea to get a flu shot if you haven't. "It's the time of year we have family gatherings and social gatherings", Stephanie Ayers-Millsap with the Jefferson County Public Health Department said. The health clinic is located at 696 S. First St. (doors on west side of annex), and clinic hours are 8:15 a.m.to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday; appointments are preferred and the number is 812-462-3431. Sick rooms can be shared with others who are sick and in households with more than one bathroom, sick people should use one while well people use the other.

Influenza is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by a virus that is spread through the air.

The flu is different from a cold, and the CDC website at www.CDC.gov/flu lists information about both illnesses.

When it comes to the flu, there's a consensus; It's awful.

Only with this mutated strain the symptoms are much more severe, and if it persists for longer than a week, it's potentially Aussie Flu.

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