January 14, 2015
Flu Visitation Restrictions at Memorial Hospital
Manchester, Kentucky — Memorial Hospital is now restricting patient visitation due to the number of influenza cases in the area. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the state of Kentucky is experiencing a widespread outbreak of influenza.
Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It causes mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
For protection of patients and to prevent the spread of the flu virus, Memorial Hospital is asking that individuals under the age of 18 or who have a cough or cold not visit patients in the hospital.
“We want to ensure that our patients and our community are as protected as possible when it comes to exposure to the flu,” said Sara Delph, RN, Infection Control. “This is simply one step we are taking to help limit the number of influenza cases in our area.”
Individuals can also take measures to prevent the spread of the flu. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three influenza viruses that research suggests will be most common. It is not too late to get a flu vaccine, so contact your provider for more information. Also, the flu virus can survive 2-8 hours on surfaces, so washing your hands often is important.
The CDC also recommends if you get sick with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea), you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.