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Flu season prompts CFVMS to restrict access to patients

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DHHS says the flu vaccination is the most effective treatment against the flu. DHHS says the flu vaccination is the most effective treatment against the flu.

Cape Fear Valley Medical Center is the latest area hospital to begin limiting visitor access to minimize the spread of the flu.

Beginning Wednesday, children under the age of 12 will not be permitted to visit patients at the hospital. Also, the Emergency Department will limit visitors to one per patient.

Last week, Duke University Health Systems, Rex Healthcare and UNC Hospitals announced that it would begin restricting all visitors with respiratory symptoms from visiting patients.

As of Dec. 28, 13 people have died as a result of the flu in North Carolina. Health officials say all but one person was younger than age 65. Seven were between 25 and 49; five were between 50 and 64.

Five people died in the week from Dec. 22 to Dec. 28, 2013.

Flu season typically peaks during January and February. Complications can be particularly dangerous for high risk groups including infants under 2, pregnant women, and people with conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.


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