Asheville hospital implements visitor limitation policy due to increased flu-like activity

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UT Medical Center infection prevention manager Jennifer Radtke tells the Knoxville News Sentinel that although it's too early to determine if this winter will be a bad season for the flu, the hospital has seen growth in the number of reported cases this month.

Still, the CDC is cautioning that the flu will likely peak between now and the end of January.

'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. "People become protected about two weeks after receiving the vaccine", said Taylor.

Flu activity in the US usually peaks around February.

Visitors to Mom Baby/Birth Center units may be screened for wellness and children under 5 will be screened for wellness before visiting.

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The convenience Centers will accept Christmas trees during this time also, however, there is a $5.00 charge per tree. Local municipalities and businesses are also encouraged to call the IDNR office to donate collected or unsold trees.

The South and West reported seeing the highest rates of patients with flu-related symptoms.

"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". No deaths were reported in Central Zone. Analysis of a subset of H3N2 viruses shows extensive genetic diversity with many clades and subclades circulating, majority similar to a cell-propagated reference virus that is a component of Northern Hemisphere flu vaccines.

The visitor restrictions are expected to remain in place at Morris Hospital until the state influenza activity level falls to the "sporadic" activity level or below.

The strain of influenza circulating this year is known to cause severe illness, according to a city release sent out today.

Americans are catching the flu earlier than usual this year - and the recent cold spell gripping the country, as well as a low efficacy associated with this year's flu vaccine, might be to blame, according to a new report. Public health laboratories found 48 positive specimens.

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