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With record numbers, nursing homes try and avoid flu

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The Good Samaritan Center has just under 100 elderly residents in the building, all of them very susceptible to the virus.

When visitors enter the building, a sign on the door says if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms, to please postpone your visit. 

"I am seeing quite a few people coming into my clinic for testing and many are being positive," Dr. Kirsten Stotz said.

With the numbers so high, staff and elderly residents are taking extra precautions.

"We had a warmer winter last year, being proactive, recognizing when you're sick. when you have a large amount of people together over the holidays, those viruses can spread more readily," Angie Beek said.

They have sanitizer in almost every room along with signs encouraging residents and staff to always wash hands.

"This is the peak months, until March. we posted a different set of signs just to make the public aware these are the symptoms out in the community and if you have them, visit us on another day until symptoms have resolved," Beek said.

For more information about the flu virus and numbers in your area, click on the following link, "Google Flu Trends" at the top left-hand corner of this page.

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