Marion County hospitals to temporarily restrict visitors due to high flu activity

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Even those who experience all the symptoms might still be unsure whether they experienced the flu or whether what they came down with was something else entirely with similar symptoms.

The death follows last year's severe flu season, during which an estimated 80,000 people were lost to the viral infection, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield said in September.

Alabama is one of 19 states reporting high levels of the flu. That's more than double the 195 logged during the same period in 2017. "If it looks like viruses are starting to change in specific ways (which can impact how well the vaccine works), this can trigger health authorities to recommend different viruses for vaccine production", the CDC states on its website, www.cdc.gov.

Indianapolis hospitals are among those in the state imposing temporary restrictions on visitors to try to curb the spread of flu. The flu shot will be free, but you may have to pay copayments or cost-shares for the office visit.

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Zaleski said there have been no pediatric deaths in the county from the flu this season.

14 out of 205 (7 percent) laboratory specimens tested positive for influenza. The new policy will take effect this week as the 2018-2019 flu season continues to peak.

Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches).

More Mainers are dying from the flu.

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Lee Health advises you to seek medical care by visiting your primary care doctor, a Lee Health Convenient Care, walk-in or an urgent care center where they can diagnose and treat the illness. Antivirals to treat the flu must be given within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. Most likely the person was exposed before the vaccination.

Since December 1 last, there have been 39 confirmed cases in the Mid-West, and 26 of these detections were resident in Limerick.

Lab-confirmed flu cases in the county total 2,083 through January 5, according to the county's weekly influenza report. "Limiting visitors to our hospitalized patients will help keep them safe while they're in our care". When tissues are not readily available, cough into your sleeve, not your hands. Tissues should be thrown in the trash after each use.

While anyone can get the flu, those with the highest risks of serious complications include young children; women who are pregnant; people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease; and people ages 65 and older.

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