Hospital bans young visitors during flu season

The Government Of Canada Is Now Warning That H1N1 Flu Is Back And The Rate Of Confirmed Cases Is Higher Than Ever featured image

The Government Of Canada Is Now Warning That H1N1 Flu Is Back And The Rate Of Confirmed Cases Is Higher Than Ever featured image

At this point in the 2017-2018 flu season, 46 states were reporting widespread flu activity, there were 13.7 flu hospitalizations per 100,000 people and nearly 6% of doctor's visits were related to the flu.

Thirteen flu-related deaths have been reported nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"It can really affect the lungs and affect our ability to get oxygen in our bodies, and that's what primarily the fatalities have been caused by his severe breathing problems", he says.

Children less than two years old and adults older than 65.

While H1N1-predominant seasons tend to be milder overall at the population level compared to those characterized primarily by H3N2, individuals who get hit with either strain won't detect much of a difference - both bring on fever, cough, general malaise and achy muscles and joints, she said from Vancouver. If you are sick, avoiding people who are hospitalized, undergoing cancer treatment, or who have diabetes or other chronic illnesses is a good idea.

"We're really just now getting into our flu season", said Dr. Michelle Murti of Public Health Ontario, noting that the proportion of tests on people with respiratory bugs that came back positive for influenza had doubled to 16 per cent in the week ending December 29, compared to eight per cent the week before. "It's just a slow upward, so we're only at the beginning of flu season right now".

The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has announced a temporary ban on visitors under the age of 12 in the hopes that it will help stop the spread of the flu virus.

Ottawa Public Health offers flu shots, by appointment, for children under five (613 580-6744).

People with symptoms should stay at home and children should not attend school if showing signs of flu, he said. Healthcare workers should also get the vaccine to protect themselves and those that they care for.

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