Hospital bans young visitors during flu season

Hospital bans young visitors during flu season

Hospital bans young visitors during flu season

"It can really affect the lungs and affect our ability to get oxygen in our bodies, and that's what primarily the fatalities have been caused by his severe breathing problems", he says. That's slightly less compared to this time past year, but by February of 2018, the number of flu-related deaths skyrocketed to 200.

Those in at-risk groups include people aged 65 and old, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases. "Among hospitalizations so far this year, the highest rates that we are seeing are in those who are under age 5", said Dr. Daniel Jernigan.

Last season at that point, 11,275 cases of lab-confirmed flu had been reported.

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Canada-wide, 414 children have been hospitalized with the flu, the vast majority the H1N1 strain of influenza A, which tends to hit children hardest.

The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has announced a temporary ban on visitors under the age of 12 in the hopes that it will help stop the spread of the flu virus. "Viral season has begun in Wisconsin and we want to implement this restriction in advance of any increase of viral illnesses in our community". The child lived in the central region of New Jersey and passed away in December.

The flu season is far from over though.

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Ottawa Public Health offers flu shots, by appointment, for children under five (613 580-6744).

People should also continue to practice good hygiene, like washing your hands, coughing into your sleeve, disposing used tissues, and staying home if you're sick. Data suggests that more people got vaccinated earlier this year than they did last year, perhaps motivated by memories of the prior season.

If symptoms become severe - such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, extreme weakness, lips turning blue or passing out - go to emergency, say public health officials.

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