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

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

Dr Kevin Kelleher, HSE Assistant National Director, Health Protection, said that Ireland had now entered the flu season.

Mema also says they've seen more younger people die from flu-related complications this year.

IH is preparing to release a public service announcement, encouraging the public to get vaccinated.

This is due in part to H1N1, known as the swine flu, being the dominant strain this year.

The New Jersey Department of Health is confirming the state's first pediatric flu death of the season.

"So, just because one strain of flu is circulating in the community doesn't mean that another strain of flu won't circulate later in the flu season", Dr. Walshak says.

The HSE said that in an average year, around 60-120 deaths are directly linked to flu and 300-450 are indirectly linked to it.

"For those of us who are not infected yet and haven't gotten the shot, you should get the flu shot now", Melnick said.

In Clark County, the flu killed at least 14 people last season.

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These numbers don't paint the full picture of influenza cases, because many people don't require medical treatment or get tested.

The most effective way to protect against the flu is to get a dose of seasonal flu vaccine.

And, Sherlock says, "It's not too late to get a flu shot".

Health officials are urging residents to get a flu vaccine, as it is the best way to protect yourself against the potentially unsafe virus.

A woman prepares to receive a flu shot on January 22, in San Francisco.

That also goes for healthy adults who are in close contact with people in those groups or with babies under six months of age who are too young to be inoculated against influenza, she said.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story.

Three of those deaths have been unvaccinated children under the age of five.