Madera Community Hospital reducing patient visitation due to spike in flu diagnoses

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Four strains of Influenza are circulating at the present time but most of the attention has only been on the H3N2 predominant strain, representing about 70 percent of the patients.

However, county officials stressed that "In reality, every year is a bad flu year for the people who get sick".

Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting the fourth and fifth flu-related deaths in Dallas County for the 2017-18 season. "This is particularly important for pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions", said DPH Medical Director Dr. Awele Maduka-Ezeh.

If you believe you are coming down with the flu, the CDC recommends you follow these simple steps.

The hospital said visitors can help prevent the spread of flu by washing their hands frequently, staying home if they are sick and getting a flu vaccine. Flu complications, such as pneumonia, can result in hospitalization or even death.

FLU SYMPTOMS: fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue. Throw the tissue in the trash after use. And at least twelve children have died from catching the flu this season.

DHHS reported last week that more than 200 North Carolinians tested positive for the virus.

There were 121 new cases of the disease were confirmed this week; including nearly 20 people hospitalized and one death.

"A flu shot can still be effective", Arnold said.

In the USA, influenza activity has significantly increased over recent weeks with the Influenza A (H3N2) virus strain predominating. Schaffner is also a liaison representative of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which develops vaccine recommendations for the CDC.

"Everybody, who I've seen, who've had flu, a lot of them have not had the flu shot", DeMoss told ABC affiliate KABC-TV. "It's not too late to get vaccinated".

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