Upcoming flu restrictions at St. Peter's Health

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The North County health care entity will offer the immunizations at seven community clinic sessions on a first come, first served basis, Palomar Health said.

Janet Hill, of the Rock Island County Health Department said that in IL, flu cases don't have to be reported to health departments, unless someone is in intensive care because of the flu.

"They can carry influenza viruses not have as many symptoms", said Dr. David Priest, an infectious disease doctor with Novant Health, "So to keep our patients safe in buildings, we say it's best if you don't bring children into the hospital to visit".

The flu is raging across Oregon, and two children have already died in the last month, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

On average 8,000 people a year are killed by flu in Britain. The city of Roanoake is aiming to get everyone vaccinated, by offering the shot for free at their fire station.

Williamson and Hays counties each have reported more than 700 flu cases but no deaths.

"In years where there is H3N2, we do see far more deaths", said Dr. Daniel Jernigan, director of the CDC's Influenza Division.

"Those other things on top of the influenza outbreak have really contributed to a surge in the number of patients being seen in the emergency rooms", Mitchell said Wednesday.

Is it too late to get a flu shot? "It is too early for us to know what the flu vaccine effectiveness is for the USA, and we can't make predictions based on what happened in other countries like Australia because it's not an equal comparison".

Wayne State has won both the inauguralAlana Yaksich National College and University Flu Vaccination Challenge and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' (MDHHS) 2017-18 Michigan College and University Flu Vaccination Challenge for medium-sized schools. Of the 421 students with flu-like illness, 118 of them were confirmed flu cases.

Mr. Gastafson said while the flu shot is only about 10 to 15 percent effective, he also recommends getting it.

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Reporting of flu cases or adult deaths related to the illness is voluntary.

St. Peter's says that they need to take these precautions since they have patients that could die from influenza such as newborns, hospice care patients and cancer patients who may have weakened immune systems.

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