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The Flu: Myths, Prevention & Treatment

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by Influenza A and B viruses. The flu season in the U.S. runs from October thru May every year. The rate of flu infection in the general population during the flu season typically ranges from 10-20%.  Unfortunately, the flu causes 35,000-40,000 deaths and over 200,000 hospitalizations […]

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WakeMed Lifting Restricted Vistiation on Thursday

In response to declining flu rates throughout the hospital, community and state, WakeMed is lifting visitation restrictions effective Thursday, February 14.  “At this time, there has been a notable decrease in the risk of flu cases being brought into our hospitals and facilities by visitors,” commented Vickie Brown, RN, director of Infection Prevention & Control.  […]

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