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Hospital takes extra precautions as flu rate increases

The North Mississippi Medical Center is taking extra precautions due to the increase of flu rate in the area.

Posted: Jan 3, 2018 2:43 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2018 3:01 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The North Mississippi Medical Center is taking extra precautions due to the increase of flu rate in the area.


The hospital now has a designated flu floor. A nurse from the hospital tells WTVA they are "completely swamped."

And because of the high flu rate, they hope to limit the number of visitors.

"We are limiting visitors to one per patient at a time," said Malinda Prewitt, M.D. "Our strong preference is to have one designated family member or caregiver per patient during their hospital stay in order to limit the number of visitors hospital-wide. We are also limiting visitors to age 15 and older. Children under age 14 should not visit."

NMMC will be following these protection measures: 

• To avoid further spread of the disease, NMMC will be limiting visitation to one visitor per family member at a time. Ideally, one designated family member per patient would limit exposure.

• Individuals who have flu symptoms are asked to leave or stay away from the hospital. If you are coughing, please use a tissue to cover your face. Do not return to visit until you are free of symptoms for seven days.

• If you get very sick, if you are pregnant, or if you have a medical condition that puts you at higher risk of flu complications (like asthma), call your doctor. You might need antiviral medicine to treat the flu.

• The flu shot is the best means available for preventing the influenza virus, but it does not work 100 percent of the time. However, you may respond quicker to medicines, such as Tamiflu or have a less severe form of the flu, if you have received a vaccine.

• It is not too late to get a flu shot, but, remember, it takes a couple of weeks to form immunity. The flu shot is not a “live” vaccine, so if you experience symptoms soon after your vaccine, chances are that you were already exposed.

• NMMC employees who have not received the flu vaccine are required to wear a mask during the flu season.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 514171

Reported Deaths: 10285
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DeSoto33270432
Hinds32652642
Jackson24876391
Rankin22516404
Lee16366245
Madison14932283
Jones14129247
Forrest13785260
Lauderdale12279324
Lowndes11314193
Lamar10663140
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Hancock7839132
Washington7553169
Oktibbeha7216138
Monroe7036179
Pontotoc7003109
Warren6872178
Panola6768135
Neshoba6732210
Marshall6686142
Bolivar6451151
Union640898
Pike5933156
Alcorn5887107
Lincoln5533136
George510380
Prentiss505385
Tippah492783
Itawamba4857107
Scott478199
Adams4771125
Tate4765117
Leflore4736144
Copiah457095
Yazoo456692
Simpson4554117
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Stone365766
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Attala338790
Winston317892
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Clay312578
Clarke301295
Calhoun285949
Holmes271889
Smith269452
Yalobusha244247
Tallahatchie232053
Greene224749
Walthall221866
Lawrence219141
Perry213456
Amite209857
Webster206248
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Carroll174941
Jefferson Davis173843
Tunica163339
Benton153139
Kemper145041
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Franklin126029
Quitman107628
Wilkinson106139
Jefferson96934
Sharkey65321
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Reported Deaths: 16119
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