IN hospitals taking steps to prevent flu virus' spread

Flu season impacts hospital visitors

Flu season impacts hospital visitors

Provincially, she said, there has been an increase in flu activity and in reported outbreaks in institutions such as long-term care homes.

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

During Australia's flu season, which ended in September, hospital admissions for influenza were twice the normal rate and three times the usual number of deaths were reported.

FLU SYMPTOMS: fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue.

The CDC recommended the use of antiviral drugs as early as possible to treat flu illness in people who are very sick with flu and those at high risk of serious flu complications.

Experts believe the flu virus is spread when a sick person talks, sneezes or coughs.

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The Centers for Disease Control has a list of symptoms to help you determine if you have the flu or just a cold. The flu has reached epidemic proportions in seven of the 10 regions of the country, Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division, said.

The flu is already gripping 36 states and has killed at least 70 people in the USA, according to data released by the CDC on Friday.

The flu victim was an adult who was younger than 65-years-old.

"We all know the flu shot is not 100 per cent but it's still the best protection out there that we know of so we still recommend the flu shot".

While local healthcare providers have seen an increase in flu cases, "health officials believe the local flu season has not yet peaked", county officials said. The flu virus can live on a surface for a few hours after exposure, so it is of vital importance to have proper hygiene, Modi said.

Overall vaccine effectiveness against all circulating flu viruses last season was 39 percent, according to the CDC.

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