Marion County hospitals to temporarily restrict visitors due to high flu activity

09 January, 2019, 13:12 | Author: Lillian Steele
  • As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

Eighty-five per cent of children admitted to intensive care because of the flu are under the age of 10, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The viruses circulating this year are another reason for the milder season. That's more than double the 195 logged during the same period in 2017.

Hospitals across IN are seeing high level of flu activity - including Marion County.

Seventy-one of those kids had to be admitted to the ICU.

However, these figures reflect only cases in which testing was performed; many more people who come down with the flu don't seek medical assistance and therefore aren't tested. "Viral season has begun in Wisconsin and we want to implement this restriction in advance of any increase of viral illnesses in our community".

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That's just confirmed tests.

Twenty-four states and Guam were reporting widespread influenza activity - meaning the virus has spread to many parts of the state, regardless of severity - as of December 29, the latest date included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) weekly flu report. H3N2, the strain largely responsible for last year's outbreak, has so far been less common than the H1N1 strain.

Health officials urged state residents to get flu shots and take precautions during flu seasons, including washing your hands frequently, covering any coughs and sneezes and staying home if you are sick. "It's the best protection that we have to give people against the flu", said Russell, adding that children and adolescents, adults with underlying lung or heart conditions and the elderly should make sure they are immunized.

"This year's vaccine is a good match for the strains of flu that are circulating and it is not too late to be vaccinated".

"It's not too late".



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