Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Asheville hospital implements visitor limitation policy due to increased flu-like activity

Berks #2 among Pennsylvania counties in reported flu cases Flu season impacts hospital visitors
Jerome Frank | 30 December, 2017, 01:12

She said Central Zone has seen at least 10 flu outbreaks, mostly Influenza A. An outbreak is when at least two people experience similar symptoms within 48 hours.

Gowanlock said that doesn't mean people should assume the flu won't be bad this season, and health officials continue to advise residents who have not received a flu shot to arrange to get one.

The IDPH recommendation is in response to state influenza activity level, which is now listed as "widespread".

However, they encourage anyone with flu symptoms to stay away.

"This year's flu is primarily of the H3N2 strain, and years with H3N2 tend to be particularly deadly, especially for the very young and elderly", the health website announced in a statement.

People who do catch the flu can get rid of it faster with antiviral drugs.

The designated support people need to be free of flu symptoms and carefully follow infection control guidelines, such as hand washing.

Flu levels in New Jersey have recently reached moderate and high levels of activity, showing a jump in cases compared to this time past year.

Nationwide, 12 children have died due to flu this season, while a total of 2,485 flu-related hospitalizations - almost nine for every 100,000 people - have been reported so far.

The CDC has recommended three main antivirals: oseltamivir (sold under the brand name Tamiful, ) zanamivir (Relenza), and peramivir, all of which the CDC says contain a strain of H3N2 which should be effective against this year's version. Those who were vaccinated and still get the flu are "less likely to have the complications of pneumonia, having to be hospitalized and dying", said Schaffner.

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.

Because it's a virus, antibiotics will not help, officials say.

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