Marion County hospitals to temporarily restrict visitors due to high flu activity

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"It is important to keep in mind that it is recommended for all patients to receive the flu vaccine, not just these patients who are at higher risk of complications".

Lab-confirmed flu cases in the county total 2,083 through January 5, according to the county's weekly influenza report.

"So we would like everybody who's eligible to get the vaccine", said Russell, noting that it takes about two weeks for antibodies induced by the shot to come into full effect.

We agree, getting a flu shot makes sense. Flu activity tends to peak between December and February but can last as late as May.

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.

With the flu, most people report a sudden onset of symptoms.

FLU-v is a broad spectrum influenza vaccine that targets regions in the influenza virus that are conserved among many different influenza strains. In the last week there were 16 hospitalizations, bringing the season's total to 53. But there are a number of reasons to get vaccinated now if you haven't done so already.

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Some ways to prevent getting the flu include getting the vaccine, washing your hands often and getting a lot of rest during flu season. "This year's vaccine is a good match for circulating strains and it is not too late to get the vaccine".

Flu season lasts until May. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.

Other tests called rapid molecular assays can also take 15 to 20 minutes to complete and they detect the actual genetic material of the flu virus, according to the CDC. Children aged nine and older must be accompanied by an adult.

- Get the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine (a secondary illness), if you are able.

"If someone has the flu, they can stay home, get hydrated, maybe visit their family doctor".

The influenza immunization is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older (if there are no medical conditions that discourage it.) For those who absolutely can not tolerate hypodermic needles, there is a jet injector available which uses a high pressure narrow stream of vaccine to penetrate the skin using compressed gas or springs.

Thomas shared the flu shot is comprised of what flu strands were circulating the year prior.

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