Children's Hospital Wants To Restrict Young Visitors To Keep Flu At Bay

Children's Hospital Wants To Restrict Young Visitors To Keep Flu At Bay

This is important news since 185 pediatric deaths related to influenza were reported to the CDC during the 2017-18 flu season.

No visitors with symptoms of influenza. Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

The hospital has not set a date when they anticipate to lift the restriction, but said that they will continue monitoring news about the flu season and then assess whether it will be safe to welcome children visitors back.

While parts of the country are struggling with a tougher than usual flu season, especially for young children, Ottawa so far seems to be experiencing a less severe season - so far. Compared to a year ago, this flu season appears to be less severe.

Flu season lasts until May.

When possible, stay home if you get the flu.

In contrast, H1N1 tends to target children and younger adults more than seniors - and flu-trackers like Skowronski say this season is no exception.

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All of the 24 serious flu complications did not get vaccinated against the flu this season, with 15 infected with the influenza A H1N1 virus, she said, adding that three of the five who died were infected with the influenza A H3N2 virus and two were infected with the influenza A H1N1 virus.

The vaccine you get may also help to protect others.

According to the study, the seasonal flu vaccine reduced influenza-related hospitalizations among patients with COPD by 37.5% (95% confidence interval, 27.3% to 46.2%) compared with unvaccinated patients.

Those in at-risk groups include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people with chronic illness.

That's right. Fewer than half of us got a flu shot even though we have more people covered by insurance and Medicaid expansion, and you can hardly walk into a drug store or supermarket pharmacy area that isn't touting the availability of flu shots - typically with no co-pay.

Because the peak period came later this season, it is likely to extend to the middle or end of next month, he said.

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