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The 2019 - 2020 flu cases have spiked at both our hospitals and we must make every effort to prevent its spread. For the safety of our patients, team members and visitors, we must put limitations on our visitation policy to help prevent the spread of flu.

Updated Flu Visitation to Ensure Patient Safety
Effective immediately and until further notice:

Visiting hours are from 10 am – 8 pm.
Visitors with active flu symptoms such as fever, runny nose, cough or sore throat are asked not to visit.
All patients are limited to 2 visitors.
All visitors must be over age 18 (unless they are parents of hospitalized children).
If you are currently visiting, please know that visitation limits may apply.

More About the Flu
A viral infection of the lungs and airways that is spread from person to
person through the air by coughing and sneezing.  The flu is also spread by direct contact with infected people or contaminated objects like door handles or computer keyboards. Please use the alcohol-based hand sanitizers that are widely available around the hospital.
Flu and the common cold both have symptoms that affect the throat and nose,
but flu symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms, including a high fever (over 100°F), stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, and cough. Other
symptoms of influenza include headache, tiredness, body aches, and chills.
If you think you or someone in your family has influenza, get plenty of rest at home.  Drink fluids like juice, water, or hot tea and take an over-the-counter pain reliever for muscle aches and fever.
 
When do I seek medical help for me or my family? What are the warning signs that require urgent medical attention?

In children:
High or prolonged fever
Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish skin color
Not drinking enough fluids (dehydration)
Changes in mental status such as not waking up or not interacting, being so irritable that the child does not want to be held or seizures
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions (for example, heart or lung disease, diabetes)

In adults:
High or prolonged fever
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest
Near-fainting or fainting
Confusion
Severe or persistent vomiting

For more information about the flu, visit www.cdc.gov/flu/

PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF DURING FLU SEASON!