Multiple hospitals in the metro-east have restrictedwho can visit patients because of a recent increase in flu cases in the emergency room and in admitted patients.
The flu season is here in IL.
The hospital said visitors displaying flu-like symptoms, such as a cough or a runny nose, and those under the age of 18 will not be allowed on patient floors.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the strain H3N2 is responsible for the majority of the deadliest cases reported this season. Limiting visitors to hospital birthing centers and pediatric units reduces the potential for exposure for this vulnerable population.
The release also tells medical providers that "Physicians should prioritize influenza as a possible diagnosis for ill patients when treating them".
Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.
The same strain was primarily responsible for sickening more than 1,000 people in Australia, where health officials estimated that vaccines only prevented some 10 percent of strains.
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Four flu deaths have been reported to the Arkansas Department of Health in the past two weeks, bringing the total deaths in the state to 12 during this year's flu season.
Adults 65 years and older.
Brendan Flannery, an epidemiologist in the CDC's flu division, said that "the important thing for people to know is that we think that the flu vaccine will prevent some illness that's caused by the current circulating viruses". That's up from 84 cases reported during the previous week.
Last week, there were three deaths in North Carolina related to the flu, including the pediatric death, according to statistics released by state officials.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 children in the US have died this year from complications from the flu.
If you do get the flu, or just don't feel well, stay home to avoid making others sick. More and more people are getting sick, but the state of IL says there's still time to get a flu shot. "It's not too late to get vaccinated".