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Wilson Medical Center will begin restricting any children who are under the age of 12 from any patient care areas on Monday because of increased flu activity in the state.
No persons exhibiting flu-like symptoms will be permitted to visit any patient care areas, and signs will be posted at the main entryways into the hospital.
Sydney W. Wilkinson, infection prevention coordinator, said flu activity is becoming widespread in the state. Most flu cases are positive for influenza B, she said. There have been five flu-related deaths in the state so far this season.
“The most important thing to remember is that the best way to prevent against the flu and especially the transmission of the flu is through receiving the flu vaccine,” Wilkinson said in an earlier interview.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months old and older receive a yearly flu vaccine.