As Flu Spreads, Beaumont Hospital Bans Visits from Kids Under 13

As Flu Spreads, Beaumont Hospital Bans Visits from Kids Under 13

Three more flu patients in Hong Kong died on Wednesday (Jan 10), prompting the Centre for Health Protection to advise people to adopt measures to protect themselves during the cold season in a news release on Friday. Alabama is one of 26 states reporting high levels of influenza-like Illness. The Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, reports widespread outbreaks of the flu. 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.

While Maine reported 5,830 flu cases in 2016-17, the strains circulating were less severe and only 14 percent required hospitalization, according to the CDC.

The New Mexico Department of Health reported a spike in the number of flu cases across state in the last few weeks, with double the number of cases reported this year compared to last year, with the current flu season not even at its peak yet.

"I think one of the biggest reasons we are seeing some of the young people dying is because they're being misdiagnosed", Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News senior managing health editor, said.

- If the family member they are visiting is in the hospital due to flu symptoms, they must wear a mask when in the room.

According to the data, Callaway County had 52 confirmed cases of influenza A from January 1 to January 12.

Canada-wide, there have been 54 flu-related deaths so far this winter.

The vaccine is not ideal, but it does reduce the risk of getting influenza by 50 percent to 60 percent, the CDC says.

You also DON'T need to visit anyone in the hospital if you have a runny nose - cough - sore throat or fever. Complications, which may be serious, can include pneumonia, bronchitis, and ear and sinus infections.

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Pharmacist Magdy Kamar says he's seeing the usual flow of customers for over-the-counter remedies but advises the first step in protecting yourself and those around you is to get the flu shot, adding that the fear you can get the flu from a flu shot, are simply unfounded.

If you do get the flu, it's prudent to see a doctor within 48 hours, according to Berg. This helps improve the effectiveness of flu vaccines used in the United States. It's not yet known how effective the vaccine is for this season.

If you're sick, chances are you're most contagious during the first few days of the illness, but some people remain symptomatic and contagious for much longer, depending on their immune system.

Columbia County saw a 9.5 percent increase in residents getting flu vaccinations in 2017, according to data from the Oregon Health Authority.

Official stats show 53 flu sufferers were admitted to intensive care wards in the past fortnight, with cases doubling in just a week.

Bennett, the Maine CDC epidemiologist, said that older populations are more at risk, especially those in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes or assisted living centers.

Earlier this week, Crain's reported MI is facing widespread levels of patients with flu symptoms.

"We are also seeing a lot of people dying from the flu", Alvarez said. "We don't have a crystal ball". However, about 40 percent of the cases were for influenza B, a less virulent strain.

Officials say this flu season, which is dominated by the H3N2 virus, is similar in severity to 2014-15.

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