Flu causes hospital to restrict visitation


>>>A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION TONIGHT. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE FILLING UP LOCAL HOSPITALS FOR THE FLU HIT A TEN-YEAR HIGH. ALREADY OUR STATE HAS SEEN 22 DEATHS SO FAR FROM THE VIRUS.>>THAT HAS HOSPITALS BRINGING DOWN THE HAMMER WHEN IT COMES TO VISITORS AND DETERMINING HOW LONG THEY CAN STAY. TONIGHT KAREN CAMPBELL VISITS REILLY HOSPITAL WHERE SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE PATIENTS NEED THE MOST PROTECTION.>>WE BROUGHT OUR DAUGHTER IN TO THE E.R. ON SUNDAY. SHE WAS HAVING RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS.>>Reporter: WHEN BRIAN BROUGHT HIS DAUGHTER TO REILLY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, HE NOTICED SOMETHING DIFFERENT. VISITATION RESTRICTIONS DUE TO A HIGH INCIDENCE OF FLU. DOCTORS LIKE CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER AREN’T TAKING ANY CHANCES.>>THEY’RE COMING THROUGH OUR SECURITY SYSTEM. WE ADDED ON SPECIAL EXTRA QUESTIONS AND SCREENING SO THAT WE CAN HELP PEOPLE DECIDE AT THE FRONT DOOR IF THEY’RE REALLY WELL ENOUGH TO VISIT A PATIENT IN THE HOSPITAL.>>Reporter: SOME RESTRICTIONS INCLUDE NO FAMILY MEMBERS YOUNGER THAN 18 ARE ALLOWED THROUGH. NO ILL VISITORS AND ONLY PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ARE ALLOWED INSIDE AND FOUR DESIGNATED ADULTS IDENTIFIED BY THE PARENTS. NATIONALLY, THIS YEAR FLU CASES HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED THE WORST IN A DECADE.>>IT’S SO MUCH MORE — THE PATTERN THAT WE USUALLY SEE FLIPPED.>>Reporter: ACCORDING TO THE CDC, THERE IS AN INCREASE IN AFFLUENZA B CASES, A VIRUS THAT DOESN’T SHOW UP UNTIL SPRING. THEY SAY THE VIRUS ACCOUNTED FOR LESS THAN 10% OVER THE LAST THREE FLU SEASONS. BUT BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND DECEMBER OF 2019, INFLUENZA B ACCOUNTED FOR MORE VIRUSES CIRCULATING IN THE U.S. THE LAST TIME IT GAINED THAT MUCH TRACTION WAS IN 1992.>>REASONS WHY PROTECTING PATIENTS WITH WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS IS IMPORTANT.>>IF THEY GET THE INFLUENZA ON TOP OF SOMETHING THEY ALREADY HAVE, IT COULD BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, EVEN FATAL FOR THEM.>>HAVING THE FLU CHECK IN PLACE HAS BEEN A GOD SEND FOR US BECAUSE OUR DAUGHTER — WE’RE MAKING SURE SHE’S PROTECTED AND THEY’RE GOING THROUGH ALL THE APPROPRIATE PROTOCOLS IS REALLY ENCOURAGING.>>Reporter: KAREN CAMPBELL, CHANNEL 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>>THANK YOU. A REALLY BIG PROBLEM FOR PARENTS DURING THIS FLU SEASON IS DECIDING WHEN IS YOUR CHILD SICK ENOUGH TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL. WE SPOKE TO LOCAL DOCTORS ABOUT THE SIGNS WITH MORE THAN JUST A HEAD COLD. WE HAVE THAT STORY FOR YOU ON OUR WEB SITE.>>>EVERY YEAR THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO GET THE FLU SHOT, BUT STILL END UP WITH THE FLU. SO HOW EFFECTIVE IS THIS VACCINE AND DOES THE GOVERNMENT EVEN TRACK THOSE TYPES OF THINGS? ACCORDING TO OUR VERIFIED TEAM, IT’S A YES AND A NO. THE CDC FOCUSES ON HOW EFFECTIVE THE VACCINE IS IN CERTAIN CITIES, THAT WAY THEY CAN AVERAGE AN ESTIMATE. THEY SAY THE FLU SHOT IS ABOUT 40 TO 60% EFFECTIVE. SO THEY DO TRACK IT, BUT NOT SPECIFICALLY BY STATE. BUT THE VACCINE HAS MORE BENEFITS THAN LOWERING YOUR ODDS

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  1. People in general are stupid and ignorant. Going to a doctor for the flu is the worst thing in the world anyone can do. Doctors can't cure anything, they only treat symptoms.

    Folks need to learn how to fight the basics like cold and flu at home….it's easy to win against colds and flu if you just stay in.

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