As Peak Flu Season Looms, Hospitals Gear Up for Patients

As Peak Flu Season Looms, Hospitals Gear Up for Patients

"This is not a pandemic flu situation, but it is a major seasonal flu situation", Wilson said.

The Brant Community Healthcare System received funding in November for an additional 32 temporary beds at The Willett in Paris to deal with flu season, which will free up beds at BGH if there is an increase in admissions due to flu. If you have symptoms of influenza, contact your health care provider promptly to find out if antiviral treatment is needed.

Gunzenhauser stressed it is not too late to get vaccinated. "You can still get the flu, no vaccine is ideal".

Joanie Morgan, vice president of quality and patient safety at Citrus Memorial Hospital, said most people who get the flu recover in a few days or up to two weeks.

Schneider said the rise in positive flu cases could be attributed to better reporting on the physicians' part.

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"But even if it isn't the exact strain, or a hundred-percent match, which it really can't be, it still provides some coverage, and if people do get the flu, if they've gotten the flu shot, it usually is not as severe or as long".

Ruth Gratton, manager of infectious diseases at the health unit, said that number is not unusual for this time of year.

If you have the flu, it's important to isolate yourself. They include the Tri City Health Partnership in St. Charles, which serves people who are uninsured or underinsured; it has ample vaccines on hand, said Kim Lamansky, executive director. In Ohio, adult deaths believed to be associated with the flu aren't required to be reported to public health agencies. There have been four outbreaks of influenza at long-term care/assisted living facilities in the county.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has great resources to help people better understand the flu, she added. Rodriguez explained that this can happen because the influenza virus is constantly evolving, presenting a moving target for vaccine makers. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

Flu symptoms can come on suddenly with a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache and fatigue, though not everyone with the flu runs a fever, Rohler noted.

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