Beaumont restricting children visits to all hospitals due to flu season


In one indicator of a worsening season, the CDC reported 7 new pediatric flu deaths.

In the past week, the CDC has seen a spike in flu-related visits to doctors' offices that report to the CDC. Central Health said the flu outbreak most likely hasn't even reached its zenith point yet.

Kris Ehresmann, the Health Department's director of infectious disease, said Minnesotans should get their flu shot now if they haven't already.

"We think flu season will run for several more weeks", Safranek said.

Haggie says there are suggestions that one of the four strains of the virus contained in this year's influenza vaccine is less than ideal.

The H3N2 strain is more risky to patients over 65, under 2 and to those of any age deemed high-risk due to other health issues, such as chronic diseases.

"We have a lot of illnesses that are flu-like that come with the pain, fever and the cough", Dr. Derrick Anderson said. They showed that when a vaccine is considered effective, 1.2 percent of vaccinated people had the flu, while 3.9 percent of unvaccinated people had the flu.

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. This year, the peak has been 193 hospitalizations.

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The Connecticut Department of Health warned Friday that the deadly flu season is intensifying, particularly with residents age 65 and older. "It is causing more hospitalization than other strains". The vaccine seems to very effective for the strain that's most prevalent in the state right now, A (H3).

The 19 CommUnityCare Health Centers in Travis County report they have received up to 90 patients a day with flu-like symptoms since mid-December, according to Central Health, which funds the centers.

I think the CDC has spoken - as have various other organizations like the Infectious Diseases Society, pediatric groups - [about] appropriate use of antivirals, and we need to do not forget to use them during the coming flu season because we expect the vaccine to work, but not as well as we would like.

The study authors note that these new estimates are limited to flu-associated respiratory deaths and therefore may underestimate the true global impact of seasonal influenza. "Anyone with an underlying condition, especially someone with lung issues like COPD or asthma, those people are at a really high risk for severe complications from the flu".

Cases of students with flu-like symptoms were worse between Thanksgiving and Christmas break, a nursing supervisor with the Boise district said.

Frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and warm water.

While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.