Flu now widespread in MN, Allina Health restricts visitors

30 December, 2017, 00:09 | Author: Joy Garcia
  • Flu now widespread in MN, Allina Health restricts visitors

The new protocols for visitors came after the Illinois Dept. of Public Health issued recommendations Wednesday for restricting access to all local and regional health departments and offices, hospitals and infectious disease physicians.

The flu season is off to a strong start, with 21 states reporting "high" flu-like activity.

Visitors who are sick should refrain from visiting patients in the hospital.

This means four designated visitors throughout the entire hospital stay, not simply four at a time. Both hospitals advise anyone with flu-like symptoms not to visit hospitals. Limiting visitors to hospital birthing centers and pediatric units reduces the potential for exposure for this vulnerable population. "It can still help prevent some of the illness".

Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.

A Monterey County resident recently died from the flu, the Monterey County Health Department announced Thursday. The flu has reached epidemic proportions in seven of the 10 regions of the country, Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division, said.

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Each year from October to mid-May, Georgia's Department of Public Health tracks flu activity throughout the state and reports the findings in the Georgia Weekly Influenza Report.

-Even if you got vaccinated last year, it is important to get vaccinated again this year to protect from changing flu viruses.

"Everybody, who I've seen, who've had flu, majority have not had the flu shot", DeMoss told ABC affiliate KABC-TV.

Trivedi said the flu virus is significantly contagious as it can easily spread from an infected person to others through droplets on surfaces and in the air from coughing, sneezing and lack of hand washing.

-It's easier than ever to get vaccinated.

You can find information on preventing and treating the flu here.


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