Visiting restrictions in place at Morris Hospital

30 December, 2017, 01:35 | Author: Earnest Huff
  • Health officials in Boone and Cole counties confirm flu numbers are still on the rise

Though it's still too early to say whether this winter will be a bad flu season, epidemiologists in 36 states - including NY - have already reported "widespread influenza activity", according to data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

Flu season typically peaks anywhere between December and March, according to the CDC.

Nationally, the percentage of clinic visits for flu-which climbed from 3.5% to 5%-has been at or above the national baseline for 5 weeks so far this season, the CDC said, adding that in recent seasons, flu has been at those levels for an average of 13 weeks. It also maintains that an annual flu vaccine is the the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.

Health officials in NY say the flu is spreading rapidly across the state.

Children younger than five years of age. No deaths were reported in Central Zone.

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H3N2 has been responsible for some of the worst flu seasons in the U.S. in recent years, including the 2006-2007, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 bouts. Last year, only 15 residents there had the flu. Analysis of a subset of H3N2 viruses shows extensive genetic diversity with many clades and subclades circulating, majority similar to a cell-propagated reference virus that is a component of Northern Hemisphere flu vaccines.

An Asheville hospital has implemented its visitor limitation policy after an increase in flu-like activity.

The strain of influenza circulating this year is known to cause severe illness, according to a city release sent out today.

At the recommendation of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is implementing temporary visitor restrictions effective immediately.

She said it could also help prevent Influenza B infection when it becomes more prevalent. Public health laboratories found 48 positive specimens.

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