With flu now considered widespread in Tarrant County, JPS Health Network is asking parents to consider leaving their children at home when visiting hospitalized patients, especially if they have any symptoms of illness.
“It just makes sense,” said Dr. Vitaly Golub, epidemiologist at John Peter Smith Hospital. “It’s mostly about protecting the children who are not sick, but it’s also about protecting our patients from illnesses that children might bring to the hospital with them.”
Twenty-six people are hospitalized with the flu at JPS, including seven in the Intensive Care Unit, according to Ria Bryant, director of Infection Control.
The number of people reporting to Urgent Care or the Emergency Department with flu symptoms spiked to 235 the week of Christmas (December 22-28.) The week following the holiday brought a dip in cases; 110 people came to the JPS with flu symptoms the week of December 29-January 4. That is still well above the number of cases reported during the same week in five of the last six flu seasons. And Infection Control expects cases to climb again once children return to school from their Winter break.