Kids barred from hospital visits as flu numbers rise

Kids barred from hospital visits as flu numbers rise

The Arkansas Department of Health classifies October as the beginning of flu season, with cases normally peaking between December and March, Mirivel said.

Hospitals from South Bend to Evansville have imposed restrictions that include barring visitors other than immediate family or other significant persons.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

The Public Health Department said in a statement it does not track exact numbers of cases, and county officials did not respond to a Tribune request for further comment by deadline. The fifth patient was an 81-year-old resident of Irving. To lessen your chance of getting sick this winter - Keep your distance from others if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.

Wednesday, the hospital said they were at a level 3 due to the widespread flu cases.

"Influenza antiviral medications are a second line of defense against influenza but their use this flu season is more important than usual because of the circulating A (H3N2) strain". "Reports recommend getting vaccinated early, but getting one early or late is good to prevent it because we see cases of flu out through May".

The agency also urges people to stay at home when sick, cover mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and washing hands frequently.

Lutheran General officials said, "Those experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, must refrain from visiting patients". The state is seeing more flu activity than a year ago at this time, with 49 people needing hospital care. Despite these painful symptoms, most people will recover in less than two weeks. Those who were vaccinated and still get the flu are "less likely to have the complications of pneumonia, having to be hospitalized and dying", said Schaffner.