An Asheville hospital has implemented its visitor limitation policy after an increase in flu-like activity.
The flu season is off to a strong start, with 21 states reporting "high" flu-like activity.
Mercy and CoxHealth Hospital will not allow children 14 and under as visitors to the hospital until further notice.
The hospital is asking visitors younger than 12 and people that do not feel well to call patients instead of visiting them.
This means four designated visitors throughout the entire hospital stay, not simply four at a time. "Cold weather doesn't hurt, but we've had cold Decembers before and not had flu".
Officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced earlier this month that flu activity was on the rise and local experts say holiday events with many people in confined spaces are the ideal environments for the virus to spread from person to person. "When you can recognize the flu in yourself, you can recognize it in coworkers and family and help prevent the spread".
Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114. Anyone over 6 months should get a flu shot, except for those with documented severe reactions to prior vaccinations. But it's hard to track exact numbers because only a certain percentage of people with flu symptoms go the hospital for testing.
Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting the fourth and fifth flu-related deaths in Dallas County for the 2017-18 season.
Adults 65 years and older. That's up from 84 cases the previous weeks.
The flu is now considered widespread in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 children in the USA have died this year from complications from the flu.
"There aren't very many of these studies, but they are starting to come out now that suggest it will reduce the severity of your illness and the duration of your illness even if you do get the flu".
-It's easier than ever to get vaccinated.