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Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System has joined the list of Upstate hospitals asking that visitors stay away to prevent the spread of flu. 

“Our goal is to have friends and family make appropriate and informed decisions,” said Dr. Christopher Lombardozzi, medical officer of quality.

“Please use your best judgment while planning a visit.”

The hospital is asking that anyone with flu-like symptoms, pregnant women, those with lung conditions or breathing difficulties, and children under 18 visit only if absolutely necessary. Older adults are also asked to stay away.

Four people died of flu the week ending Feb. 2, bringing the total number of people who have succumbed to flu to 25, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. 

Flu is considered widespread and increasing in South Carolina, the agency reported.

Flu season typically runs from October to May, peaking in February. The incidence of flu has been increasing over the past four weeks.

Symptoms of flu include sudden onset of fever, headache, extreme fatigue, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches. Children may also have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Although most people who get the flu recover in a few days to two weeks, some develop complications like pneumonia which can be life-threatening, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Those at highest risk include people 65 and older, people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children, according to CDC.

CDC estimates that flu caused between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations, and 12,000 to 56,000 deaths each year since 2010.

Spartanburg Regional also recommends that only those younger than 2, older than 65, those who are pregnant, residents of a nursing home or long-term facility, as well as those with multiple chronic conditions such as heart disease and blood disorders seek care at an ER for flu.

Otherwise, people should see their primary care physician or visit an immediate care center, officials said.

RELATED: Prisma Health restricts visitation because of flu

 

 

 

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