After being relatively low in recent weeks DCH Re

first_imgAfter being relatively low in recent weeks, DCH Regional Medical Center confirms number of flu cases at the hospital spiked this past week.Last week 535 patients went to the DCH Regional Medical Center and the Northport Medical Center with flu like symptoms.20% of those patients tested positive for the Flu, the highest number for this years flu season.Even with the recent spike of the flu in Tuscaloosa County, it is still considered to be a relatively normal flu season compared to last year’s abnormally high number of cases.Common symptoms of the flu include having a fever, chills, sore throat, and a runny nose.There are things you can do to help prevent the flu.Brad Fisher, communications director at DCH Regional Medical Center, recommends getting a flu shot.“It’s not too late to get a flu shot. It could still get on board and it could still give you some level of protection, especially if the season progresses,” Fisher said.Fisher said it is not too late to get your flu shot, but he believes the best prevention is washing your hands.“Wash your hands, wash your hands, and when you washed them wash your hand again,” Fisher said.DCH Hospitals are now asking people with symptoms of the flu to refrain from visiting the hospital to reduce the risk of the flu spreading more.They recommend that you call your local physician first before visiting the hospital, unless you are a person with a high risk for complications.“Young children especially if they have asthma or some lung condition, elderly people if they have some underlying lung condition, or someone who has a depressed immune system,” Fisher said.There are currently ten people who are admitted into DCH Hospitals with the flu but none of them are in the ICU.last_img