Henderson's Methodist Hospital sets visitation restrictions due to flu

30 December, 2017, 01:37 | Author: Clint Gray
  • Flu season impacts hospital visitors

According to the CDC, widespread influenza activity was reported in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Influenza researchers have blamed this decreased effectiveness on the most common process of vaccine manufacturing, which uses chicken eggs.

An estimated 9.2 million Americans have gotten sick with the flu each year since 2010.

"We all know the flu shot is not 100 per cent but it's still the best protection out there that we know of so we still recommend the flu shot".

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As of this week, there was "high activity" of the flu - the highest prevalence ranking - in almost half of the US.

Health officials in NY say the flu is spreading rapidly across the state.

"The last couple of years we didn't see it in December, but a few years back we did", she said. Analysis of a subset of H3N2 viruses shows extensive genetic diversity with many clades and subclades circulating, a lot of them similar to a cell-propagated reference virus that is a component of Northern Hemisphere flu vaccines.

You are asked not to visit the hospitals if you are suffering from flu-like symptoms, such as high fever plus cough and or sore throat.

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'There is not much we can do on a state level, ' said Anton, 'it's an every-year epidemic'.

"Since Influenza can cause serious complications, Methodist Hospital is taking these measures to protect patients, visitors and staff members".

The new report underscores a warning that came from the CDC 2 days ago about steadily climbing flu dominated by H3N2, a subtype known for its heavy impact, especially on seniors and young children.

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