Four Area Hospitals Adjust Visiting Recommendations Due to Widespread Influenza Activity

Faith Castro
December 30, 2017

The flu season shows no sign of slowing down with 478 confirmed cases in Central Alberta and 49 people ending up in hospital.

North Carolina officials have reported the state's first child death from flu for this season. A total of 585 people have been hospitalized for the flu so far this season. "The course of flu is unpredictable in both adults and children and it is hard to identify the stage of transmission with certainty", said Bakht Roshan, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist.

Modi said it is too early to tell if the proper flu strain was vaccinated against because the flu season is just starting.

Four area hospitals have adjusted visitation guidelines in response to the widespread influenza activity in the area.

Across the province 3,833 cases have been confirmed, 867 people admitted to hospital and 19 deaths, according to the latest statistics released December 21. "We are typically seeing a strain, the H3N2 strain, that can be more severe than other strains". At least 11 people younger than 65 have died in California, while North Carolina has reported 12 deaths and SC seven.

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An annual influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone six months and older and is the best prevention against getting the flu, ADPH says.

Pregnant women and children are among those in high-risk categories for complications from influenza-like illnesses, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control.

If someone does get the flu after having received the vaccine, it will be shorter and less severe in most cases, he said.

"We're starting to see flu cases increase here in IL just like every state across the nation", Arnold said. And, whenever this strain of flu virus has caused most of the sickness, more hospitalizations and deaths occurred in both young children and in people 65 and older, compared to other age groups. "H3N2 viruses continue to predominate".

Lutheran General officials said, "Those experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, must refrain from visiting patients".

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