Tuesday, 25 June, 2019

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

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine Flu activity begins to spike across country
Gustavo Carr | 09 January, 2019, 13:15

After a relatively slow start to flu season, influenza activity is now widespread in almost half of USA states. Meanwhile, 19 states and New York City were reporting high levels of influenza-like illness activity, meaning a much higher-than-average proportion of doctor's visits could be attributed to the flu.

"It can really affect the lungs and affect our ability to get oxygen in our bodies, and that's what primarily the fatalities have been caused by his severe breathing problems", he says.

Officials did not release the child's age, gender and hometown.

"Flu activity has taken off our projection is that it's going to continue to increase, probably for the next few months", says Dr. Andrew Walshak with Presbyterian/ St. Luke's Medical Center.

All hospitals in Marion County will begin temporarily restricting visitors starting no later than Friday in response to the rising flu activity. "It's just a slow upward, so we're only at the beginning of flu season right now".

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That's just confirmed tests.

As of December 29, New Brunswick had 579 lab-confirmed cases, 577 of them influenza A and two of influenza B. Of those, 71 people were hospitalized, 15 were admitted to the ICU and there were three deaths. Rates, however, were higher among young children and the elderly (14.5 and 11.9 hospitalizations per 100,000 people, respectively), as these populations are more susceptible to complications of the flu.

Ottawa Public Health offers flu shots, by appointment, for children under five (613 580-6744). Other recommendations to decrease the risk of spreading flu include coughing into your shirt sleeve and washing hands frequently and thoroughly. Flu shots are $20 for everyone age 2 and older.

The most effective way to protect against the flu is to get a dose of seasonal flu vaccine.