Deadly flu season winding down

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Wilson Medical Center has lifted visitor restrictions at the hospital.

The restrictions, limiting visitors to anyone age 13 and older, went into effect in late December as the flu season started to hit hard in Wilson.

This has been a deadly year for flu here and across the state. Joyce Wetherington, public relations officer for the Wilson County Health Department, said there were three deaths from flu-like illnesses in the county this season in patients who had immuno-compromised health problems.

Across the state, 305 flu-related deaths were been reported through last week. Flu cases peaked in the state in early February and have been dropping since.

“The 2017-18 flu season was the worst season in many years with a sharp increase in flu beginning just after the Thanksgiving holidays and continuing through the end of January,” said Chanda Newsome, infection control and prevention coordinator at Wilson Medical Center.

“Since the first of February, flu cases have been steadily declining,” she said Tuesday. “We are continuing to see flu and flu-like symptoms but on a much smaller scale. Respiratory hygiene, including covering your coughs and sneezes, hand hygiene and flu shots continue to be the best way to prevent the flu.”

Wetherington said flu vaccines are still available at the health department. Call the Wilson County Health Department at 252-237-3141 to make an appointment.