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

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

Flu deaths double (Picture: Metro.co.uk/MylesGoode)What is Australian flu?

The numbers are based on reports submitted by providers to the North Carolina Division of Public Health. At this point in the 2014-15 flu season, there were 16 flu-related deaths. The recording period ends in May.

In any case, the best thing you can do to prevent the spread of illness to others is stay home, says Nicki Canwell, a registered nurse with the Public Health Foundation of Columbia County.

- This year's flu season is a brutal one and now more than a dozen hospitals are taking steps to protect patients.

That virus caused one of the worst US flu seasons in recent years, 2014-15, when the vaccine was a poor match. "We call that an antigenic drift". If you read no further in this column, know this: The answer is yes, you should still get a flu shot.

Per the CDC, any given flu season is formally considered an "epidemic" when the proportion of people who've died from the flu, expressed as a percentage of total people affected by the archaic, yet ever-changing influenza exceeds a CDC-set threshold using recent flu seasons' clinical datasets.

"They have more patients who are admitted to those hospitals than they have beds in those hospitals".

The ADPH urges people with mild to moderate flu or flu-like symptoms to not go to their doctor's office without calling first and to not go to the emergency room.

"We apologize for the inconvenience", Beaumont said in a statement.

The state does not track the number of adult flu deaths, but Pinal County is reporting eight flu deaths, so far.

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Baylor College of Medicine physician assistant, Isabel Valdez, said a healthy practice to avoid the flu is good, long hand-washing, but the best prevention is the flu vaccine no matter what some reports may say about its effectiveness.

Global flu surveillance protects all nations, including U.S.

"We are also seeing a lot of people dying from the flu", Alvarez said.

"We have not seen an increase in flu activity this early in the winter in the past five years", said Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher in the NMDOH's January 4 report.

The CDC estimates that since 2010, flu-related hospitalizations among children younger than 5 ranged from 7,000 to 26,000 a year in the U.S. Since the 2004-2005 flu season, between 37 and 171 children have died of the flu each year.

Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing to help prevent the spread of the flu.

The majority of cases continue to be the H3N2 subtype of Influenza A, a particularly brutal strain that tends to cause more severe illness, particularly among the elderly and children.

The department's own medical director had gone home sick earlier in the day, although it wasn't known if he tested positive for the flu.

"Even when the match isn't flawless, vaccination still is the best way to fight the flu", Pitt County Health Director Dr. John Morrow said.


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