Several Area Hospitals Restricting Children Because Of Increasing Flu Cases

CHARLOTTE, NC. — The flu is widespread in the Carolinas. Hospitals in the Charlotte area are changing their policies because of the increase in flu cases. Ashe County school district will shut down Friday because of the virus.

Many health care facilities, not allowing children until further notice.

“Children are obviously a little more often spreaders of germs, can spread cold and flu systems to the people they’re visiting in the hospital so that’s the rationale,” says Dr. Katie Passaretti with Atrium Health.

Atrium Health is at all of its Charlotte region restricting hospital access for visitors 12-years-old and under at all of its Charlotte region in-patient hospitals. Novant Heatlh, Iredell Memorial, Piedmont Medical Center and Caramont Medical Center have similar restrictions.

The estimated last season’s flu vaccine was about 40% effective. It’s still unknown how effective it is this season.

“It does seem like it’s going to be a milder flu season. In at least for one of the strains, the vaccine is a better match then it was in prior years,” Dr. Passaretti explains.

People are still being urged to get the flu shot and practice good hygiene.