This seems to be the wisest move you can make to protect yourself from the flu that is spreading throughout New Jersey at an alarming rate.
Mybergen.com is providing residents of the North Jersey area with online updates and information regarding this 2013 flu outbreak.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that flu activity is now widespread across the United States. CDC officials said the level of flu activity reported in the first week of January is normally seen at the peak of a normal, moderately severe flu season.
Said CDC Chief of Epidemiology Dr. Joe Bresee: "While we can't say for certain how severe this season will be, we can say that a lot of people are getting sick with influenza and we are getting reports of severe illness and hospitalizations."
New Jersey is among the growing number of states listed with the highest level of influenza-like illness, according to the CDC's weekly FluView report. According to the CDC, the current cumulative influenza hospitalization rate is 8.1 per 100,000 people, which Dr. Bresee categorized as high for this relatively early point in the flu season. The CDC also reports 18 pediatric deaths linked to the flu this season.
Here in New Jersey, hospitals in most areas of the state are reporting high volumes of influenza-like illness. In a few instances, hospital emergency departments have had to divert cases for a period of time because of extra high volume associated with the flu.
The New Jersey Hospital Association is in close communication with the state Department of Health to discuss the volume of flu cases and surge capacity issues and will continue to share any updates with members.
For additional information and resources on seasonal influenza, visit the CDC's site at www.cdc.gov/
How Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey is prepared: Like many hospitals in New Jersey and elsewhere in the country, Holy Name Medical Center has seen a significant increase in influenza-like illness. Each flu season, Holy Name prepares to ramp up for the higher volume of patients, both in their emergency department and, if necessary, their inpatient beds. Holy Name prepares for the peaks and staff accordingly. So while patients can be assured that they are there for them throughout flu season, an unexpectedly severe flu season can place added strain on Holy Name facilities and their staffing levels. They're prepared to care, but they will use a triage system to ensure that the most serious patients get the care they need first.
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