Madera Community Hospital reducing patient visitation due to spike in flu diagnoses

30 December, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Metro-east hospitals restrict patient visits because of increased flu numbers

Provincially, she said, there has been an increase in flu activity and in reported outbreaks in institutions such as long-term care homes.

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

Influenza s ymptoms tend to arise pretty suddenly, and can include: fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, chills/body aches, and headaches, vomiting and diarrhea.

"They're seeing that it's anywhere from 10 percent to 33 percent effective, so any time there's a mismatch between the vaccine and the circulating strain of the flu, you're going to see more cases".

In addition to taking the flu vaccine, it says, other measures can reduce or prevent the spread of influenza. "And the people who have had flu shots, their symptoms are much, much, much less".

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.

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There were 121 new cases of the disease were confirmed this week; including nearly 20 people hospitalized and one death. Eleven adults have died in our state.

In Montrose, California, physician assistant Jennifer DeMoss said the flu season has been "crazy so far".

According to the North Carolina Public Health Division, the influenza-like illness activity in the state has reached more than 2 percent and local transmission has increased.

"We all know the flu shot is not 100 per cent but it's still the best protection out there that we know of so we still recommend the flu shot".

Schaffner said, "No matter what the dominant strain is, there are other strains out there that produce influenza and the vaccine is often very good at protecting against those".

People at highest risk for severe complications from influenza infection include adults 65 years of age and older, children less than 5 years old, pregnant women, and those with certain medical conditions like asthma, heart disease, and weakened immune systems.

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