Asheville hospital implements visitor limitation policy due to increased flu-like activity

Asheville hospital implements visitor limitation policy due to increased flu-like activity

Asheville hospital implements visitor limitation policy due to increased flu-like activity

You can find information on preventing and treating the flu here. In the state, 12 people have died from the flu this season - one child in the central part of the state and 11 adults. At least 11 people younger than 65 have died in California, while North Carolina has reported 12 deaths and SC seven.

People who have severe influenza illness, or who are at high risk of serious influenza-related complications, should get treated with influenza antiviral medication if they get flu symptoms regardless of whether or not they got vaccinated. "And the people who have had flu shots, their symptoms are much, much, much less".

Nationwide, 12 children have died due to flu this season, while a total of 2,485 flu-related hospitalizations - almost nine for every 100,000 people - have been reported so far. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) is recommended by the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for the treatment of influenza in persons aged 2 weeks and older, and for the prevention of influenza in persons aged 3 months and older.

"This year's flu is primarily of the H3N2 strain, and years with H3N2 tend to be particularly deadly, especially for the very young and elderly", the health website announced in a statement.

For the week of December 17-23, 241 people had lab-confirmed flu cases in Greene County, the release said.

However, public health officials said people sick with the flu should seek help if they develop difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, experience chest pain or severe abdominal pain, suffer sudden dizziness or experience "severe vomiting or vomiting that won't stop". The hospital is asking visitors to wash their hands before and after their visit. Also, the influenza vaccine effectiveness is generally lower against the A (H3N2) strain. 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. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand rub may be used. "Those things make us concerned that we're going to have a lot of sick people".

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