Hospitals place restrictions on visitors due to spike in flu cases

Bryan Strickland
December 22, 2017

We're now seeing the highest number of cases this early during an Arizona flu season since reporting began, officials say.

Doctors say a typical flu season in Oklahoma usually runs from October to May.

Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity.

One flu virus circulating, influenza A (H3N2), has been more resistant to flu vaccinations, though Koening said many of those cases have been in Australia where the flu season is winding down, and not predictive of what will happen in the United States.

Public health officials recommend getting the flu vaccine to prevent the flu.

During the week of December 3, Mountain States and Wellmont hospitals recorded 54 positive flu cases.

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Since August, there have there have been 709 cases of the flu reported.

The Big Sandy region, including Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties, had the most laboratory-confirmed flu cases for the week, with 81. In addition, they say medical staff can wash hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub - and keep all surfaces clean and disinfected.

There have been 44 influenza-related hospitalizations so far this season, and two reported deaths caused by the flu. "There's a million reasons why people don't get a flu shot and I think it's very personal".

The number of cases has risen sharply in the past month, according to Health Department data. You won't get as sick, and who wants to be really sick with the flu?

Last week, a Yukon elementary school was forced to close its doors after 115 students and 10 teachers called in sick.

She also stressed avoiding touching the T-zone on your face - the eyes, nose and mouth. Officials warn that young children, elderly people and those who have chronic disease are especially vulnerable.

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