Hospitals ban children as visitors to try to stop the spread of deadly and virulent flu which has already killed more than 100

Saturday, January 13, 2018
By Paul Martin

Deadly H3N2 has now killed 20 children and more than 85 adults in the US
The child death toll almost doubled in a week, up from 13 to 20 child deaths
On Friday, hospitals in Detroit announced they were banning child visitors
The rate of hospitalizations also almost doubled in a week, up from 13.7 per 100,000 to 22.7 per 100,000
CDC officials warned more strains of the virus will emerge in the next two months
We have 11-13 more weeks of flu to go this season
CDC is urging people to still get vaccinated if they’re not already
The agency expects this season to be the second-worst on record, behind the devastating 2014/15 season

13 January 2018

Hospitals have begun banning children under the age of 13 from visiting patients to try to stop the spread of a deadly and virulent flu which has claimed the lives of 100 people across the country.

The Beaumont Health System has banned children from visiting patients in its hospitals except for in special circumstances and no children under the age of 12 are allowed in the intensive care unit for newborns at the Henry Ford Health System.

Staff hope it will do something to stop the fast spread of the influenza.

Doctors are urging people across the country to get vaccinated if they have not already.

To date, 20 children and adults across the US have died this season as a result of the deadly H3N2.

Seven more American children died of the flu this week alone.

In a press release on Friday, Beaumont Health Hospitals said: ‘All Beaumont Health hospitals are experiencing high volumes of patients with respiratory viral illnesses, predominantly influenza.

‘For the safety of our patients and staff, visitation by children under 13 years of age is limited to extraordinary circumstances, such as severe illness of a parent or sibling, or end-of-life situation.’

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