Stephens Co. Hospital Reports Flu, Pneumonia ‘Prevalent’

Stephens County Hospital is seeing a lot of flu and pneumonia cases.

According to Hospital Administrator Ed Gambrell, the flu is very prevalent in the area this year.

He also said that the area is seeing more cases than it had at this time last year.

“We have had a lot of flu and a lot of pneumonia in the past three weeks,” said Gambrell. “Last week was an extremely busy week for us mainly because of flu and pneumonia. It’s out there.”

Gambrell did say that at this point, the hospital has not enacted any special policies to limit visitation because of the flu and pneumonia, but says that could always happen if the hospital deems it necessary.

He reminded people that it is not too late to get a flu shot this season.

“Flu season will be around until April or May,” said Gambrell.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine every year.

Officials went on to say that while everyone should get the flu vaccine, it is especially important for certain people who are at more risk from flu-related complications to get immunized.

These groups include pregnant women, children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old, people 50 years of age and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, people who live in nursing homes and other long–term care facilities, and people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu, and household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age.