Area hospitals increase visitation restrictions due to escalating flu risk

Area hospitals increase visitation restrictions due to escalating flu risk

The Iowa Department of Public Health said Friday Influenza levels continue to build in Iowa and confirmed an additional eight flu-related deaths.

Denise Werker, Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer, says those who have yet to get the flu shot should do so.

"We strive to ensure every person in Travis County has access to quality health care, no matter where they live, how much money they make, or where they're from", said Mike Geeslin, President and CEO of Central Health.

Earlier in the day, Tarrant County reported their first three deaths of the season Wednesday, bringing the North Texas total of flu-related deaths to 26.

According to the state's Department of Health and Human Services, the deceased adults lived in Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, and Strafford counties.

Flu vaccines have been less effective in fighting H3N2 than other influenza flu viruses, making this particular strain more hard to contain.

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Flu symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. People who are at high-risk for flu complications, such as young children, pregnant woman and elderly people, may need a prescription antiviral drug, such as Tamiflu or Relenza, the news release said.

Jernigan said that people over the age of 65 are being hospitalized for flu this season more than any other population.

Experts urge everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu shot, as it helps reduce the chance of illness from the flu and can also lessen the severity of the symptoms if you do get sick.

The previous report, from data gathered December 23, stated that seven people had died from the flu in Travis County up to that point.

The most recent deaths were reported last week. And 20 children have died from the flu so far this season.

While the flu vaccine is the recommended precautionary measure, Echols said county residents should wash their hands often, refrain from touching your eyes, mouth or nose and stay at home if they experience flu-like symptoms. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.