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1/22/2014 6:00:00 AM
Kingman flu cases skyrocket
Hospital implements restrictions to protect visitors
Shawn Byrne
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A sharp rise in the number of flu cases prompted in Kingman Regional Medical Center to implement a visitor restriction program at the hospital.

"Anyone with flu-like symptoms will not be allowed in the hospital unless they are a patient," KRMC said in a Tuesday news release. Children under the age of 16 who are not sick will be restricted to the waiting areas on the main floor of the hospital, which also includes the lobbies and cafeteria. These children will not be allowed to visit patients.

"Basically, since the first week of January, the number of cases has doubled, even tripled, each week," said Jamie Taylor, KRMC's director of Development and Public Relations. "Last year we had 420 cases. We're at more than 200 this year and we're just partially through the season."

The flu season can continue until May. During the week ending Jan. 4, KRMC reported 18 new cases. The following week that total went up to 55 new cases, and the week ending Jan. 18 saw 67 new cases. So far this week, the hospital has reported 47 new cases and the final count for the week won't come until Saturday.

The Mohave County Department of Public Health uses a surveillance

system that monitors flu cases, and it is aware the number of new cases is multiplying.

"We have noticed an increase," said Christine Bronston, Nursing Services manager. "We've heard from our health care partners and they have seen it circulating around."

Medical providers would like to encourage everyone who has not yet received an influenza vaccine to do so.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are six basic steps everyone should take to prevent getting the flu.

People should avoid contact with those who are stricken by the flu. Stay at home if sick, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, clean your hands often, avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth, and practice other good health habits such as getting enough sleep and exercising regularly.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

You could get another vaccination...but studies show no real benefit. One shot at the start of the flu season will protect you til next year.

A search for "flu shot booster" should bring up any info you need.

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Article comment by: Louis Pastuer

Edward, I don't know if a booster is in order or not. I also don't know if this particular flu bug that is supposedly going around is even the strain that we have been innoculated against. Chances are that it isn't. (Afterall, if it was the strain they predicted, I think they would be crowing from the rooftops about how smart they are.) Therefore in my mind a booster would be ineffective against this particular flu bug.

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

I had my flu shot back in October. In light of the current expansion of the flu in this area, I'm wondering if a booster shot is called for. Does anyone know?

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