Compared to many parts of the state and nation, the influenza outbreak has not been as severe in the Montevideo area.
There are areas in Minnesota where visitors are being restricted in healthcare facilities. Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital (CCMH) currently does not have an outbreak of influenza and hospital census for influenza patients is low, however this could change at any time.
"Currently we are not restricting visitors at CCMH; however we are asking that the public not visit patients if they are ill and have symptoms of a cold, flu or upper respiratory," said Anita Zelenka, R.N., infection prevention nurse at CCMH.
Zelenka said on Wednesday that there are only two patients currently hospitalized at CCMH with influenza.
"We continue to encourage people to get their influenza vaccine and we have an adequate supply available at the Montevideo Clinic," added Zelenka. "The Minnesota Department of Health states that it is not too late to get vaccinated. The influenza vaccine is the best tool we have for preventing influenza and its complications. If you do not get vaccinated, you have zero protection."
According to the MDH, the vaccine is about 60 percent effective in most people, (a little better than 60 percent in children and less than 60 percent in the elderly).
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