FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The flu is widespread in Indiana this season. That's why the Allen County Health Commissioner has placed temporary visitation restrictions on health facilities.
"In the prior week we had almost 300 laboratory confirmed cases. The rate of new cases confirmed by our laboratory over the past several weeks has been doubling about every week," said Dr. Jeff Boord, the chief quality and safety officer for Parkview Health System.
Temporary restrictions on medical facilities
- Anyone seeking treatment is asked to wear a mask
- No visitors under 18 or who show flu signs are allowed
- Only two essential adults visiting at a time
- If you are able to be vaccinated but haven't been, do so.
It's not just happening here. A resident of Johnson County said the hospitals there are full.
"You can't even get in there. They're full of sick people," said Kathy Gill. "It just keeps going around and it's not like the overnight flu. It's ten to twelve days."
Hoosier families are doing everything they can to protect themselves and their families.
"I always get sick. So, I wanted to get the flu shot so if I did get sick it wasn't so severe," said Kevin Griggs.
If you haven't had your flu shot it's not too late to do so. Dr. Deborah McMahan believes the aggressive strain we're dealing with is known as H2N3, and one of the first signs in a high fever.
"Not many things cause a fever in adults, and especially when you know there's a lot of flu in the community, if you get a high fever call the doctor as soon as you can because then they can call in a prescription for Tamiflu, or Relenza, one of the antivirals that will shorten the duration and make it less severe for you," McMahan said.
If you're allergic to the flu vaccine you're still encouraged to keep your hands clean and cover your cough. Dr. McMahan said if everyone who is sick rests up, and we get vaccinated, we should see the outbreak subside in a few weeks.