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Health officials: Mississippi having busy flu season


JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi health officials say that because of a busy flu season, some hospitals, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities may restrict visitors and limit access to public waiting areas. Dr. Paul Byers, the state ...


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JACKSON, Miss— Mississippi health officials say that because of a busy flu season, some hospitals, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities may restrict visitors and limit access to public waiting areas. DrPaul Byers, the state epidemiologist, says more than 100 reported flu outbreaks have been reported in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. He says some hospitals are operating at full capacity, with increased admissions to intensive care units and increased visits to emergency rooms. The Mississippi State Department of Health recommends that people be vaccinated against the flu. Basic infection control measures can also reduce the spread of fluThese include covering the mouth when coughing and sneezing and washing hands frequentlyPeople who are sick should stay home until at least a day after their fever disappears. TAGSAging and disability servicesBusinessDiseases and conditionsFluHealthHealth care facility operationHealth care industryHealth care servicesHospital and clinic servicesInfectious diseasesNursing homesResidential care facilities The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgatheringAP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism. STAY CONNECTED23,477FansLike262FollowersFollow7,055FollowersFollow61SubscribersSubscribe ABOUT USNobody covers Columbus, Indiana and the surrounding areas like The Republic. 2980 NNational Road, Suite A, Columbus, IN 47201 Main Switchboard: (812) 372-7811 Toll Free: (800) 876-7811Contact us: editorial@therepublic.comFOLLOW US

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