FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The flu has gotten so bad across North Texas that some hospitals are changing their old habits to stop the virus from spreading any further. Children are being told to stay away from the medical facilities.

The number of patients at JPS Hospital in Fort Worth with flu-related complications on Wednesday dropped a little bit from Tuesday night — from 26 patients down to 20 patients. However, one more person was added to the intensive care unit, bringing that number up to eight patients on a ventilator.

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And that is just a snapshot of how DFW is dealing with the flu.

In total, there have been 1,800 confirmed flu cases reported from North Texas hospitals.

With children now back in school after winter break, there is the added risk that the flu will spread from student to student. So, at JPS Hospital and Medical City Dallas Hospital, officials are urging parents to keep their children at home. Kids have been advised to avoid the hospital unless, of course, they are the ones receiving medical treatment.

Some events have even been canceled due to flu fears. North Richland Hills announced on Wednesday morning that the city’s January Senior Lunch Bunch scheduled for Friday is now not happening due to the North Texas flu outbreak.

“The number of positive flu tests we’ve had in the last couple of weeks are up eight times what they were in early December,” Dr. Matt Bush at Medical City Dallas Hospital explained. “So, without a doubt, we’re seeing a lot of flu.”

This is the middle of the peak of flu season. So far, while there have been no flu-related deaths reported in Tarrant County or in Collin County, two people have died in Denton County and 17 others died in Dallas County after developing flu-related complications.

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