Tennessee hospital sees early increase in flu cases

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

In Los Angeles County, there have been 19 influenza-associated deaths reported for the 2017-2018 flu season. Experts believe peak flu season could come as early as next week.

'As far as past seasons where H3N2 has been predominant, there have been more hospitalizations and complications with it, ' said Texas Health and Human Services Commission spokeswoman Lara Anton. It also maintains that an annual flu vaccine is the the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.

Under the temporary restrictions, no visitors younger than 18 will be allowed, and no more than two visitors will be permitted per patient at any one time.

High flulike illness activity, another marker of clinic visits for flu, was reported in 21 states, with regional activity reported by 13 states and Puerto Rico.

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"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".

Overall deaths from pneumonia and flu, an indicator that typically lags other flu markers, are below the seasonal baseline. Analysis of a subset of H3N2 viruses shows extensive genetic diversity with many clades and subclades circulating, a lot of them similar to a cell-propagated reference virus that is a component of Northern Hemisphere flu vaccines.

Dr. Ifeoma Achebe, medical officer of health with AHS Central Zone, said there were only four flu-related deaths this time a year ago in Alberta, 1,026 cases, and 259 in hospital. Limiting visitors to hospital birthing centers and pediatric units reduces the potential for exposure for this vulnerable population. Levels of hospitalizations and deaths are highest in seniors, and since early November, surveillance has reported above-average hospitalizations for flu among children.

The number of U.S. states reporting widespread flu activity jumped from 23 to 36 last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday. Public health laboratories found 48 positive specimens.

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