Vidant Health issues visitor restrictions due to rising flu cases

Grant Boone
January 7, 2020

Throughout the state, more than 5% of all emergency room visits were for influenza-like illness during that week, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. "You know you hear about a lot of people getting the flu", said Cooke.

So far this flu season, at least 2,900 people in the United States have died from complications from the flu.

An updated graph from the CDC, released at the end of last month, also shows the number of reported flu cases growing at a similar rate to the deadly 2017-2018 season.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flu surveillance report for the week ending December 28, such activity is high in the United States, continues to increase and has been elevated for eight weeks.

Flu seasons the past few years have been particularly brutal.

The tracking of influenza-like illness in Tennessee has shown that 38 of the 95 counties have confirmed cases of the flu in recent weeks.

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Officials say it's not too late to get this year's shot.

It's hard to determine if Kaylee is an example of this flu season being more risky for young people without knowing her medical history, Stacklin said. "They might get pneumonia or they might catch something else, but here in Madison County we have, thankfully, not had any deaths due to flu related illness".

The vaccine is widely available in pharmacies and doctors' offices.

You can also call the Cleveland Department of Public Health flu hotline at 216-664-4621 to find out about the department's flu vaccination schedule.

TDH officials remind residents that the flu vaccine is free at most local health departments.

· The child is an American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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