Clifton Beezley holds his 10 month-old son Charles Beezley as he receives a flu shot from RN Lisa DeVault Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Johnson County Health Department in Franklin, Indiana. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
Hundreds of people have gone to local hospitals with flu-like symptoms, and at least two Franklin assisted living facilities have limited visitors as the flu and similar ailments are hitting the county earlier and harder this winter.
More than 200 people have been tested for the flu at local hospitals, which is more than five times the typical number for this time of year. At least two local immediate care centers have asked employees to work extra hours to see more patients suffering from high fevers and respiratory problems.
During the first week of January, 141 patients at Johnson Memorial Hospital were tested for the flu, which is nearly five times the 30 tests the hospital gives in a typical week, said Bill Oakes, hospital director of business development.