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

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

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

Reports of flu are now widespread throughout the state, according to the California Department of Public Health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an early outbreak of the influenza virus has hit Georgia especially hard.

Data provided by the Cook County Dept. of Public Health shows, in the North and Northwest suburbs, a spike in those presenting flu symptoms at area hospitals in weeks 49 and 50 of 2017.

Adults 65 years and older. Both hospitals advise anyone with flu-like symptoms not to visit hospitals.

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".

"Patients are recovering from surgery and various illnesses, so we can not risk subjecting them to the flu and other cold viruses", said Lisa Klaustermeier, Chief Nursing Officer at Anderson Hospital.

County health officials said six more deaths were reported this week, as were 3,873 confirmed cases of the illness.

As many as 36 states across the USA have reported widespread influenza activity already, but epidemiologists say it is too soon to say how bad the flu season will be this year.

More people are reaching for those cough lozenges, over-the-counter medications and tissues as influenza sweeps through the region, and experts say that might get worse after holiday gatherings.

This year's vaccine isn't as effective as usual, but it can still prevent you from getting some versions of the flu.

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.

"In most cases of the flu, it's best to recover on your own at home", according to a county statements.

San Diego physicians are encouraging all residents to get a flu vaccination as a precaution.

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

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