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Flu recommendations given for Henry Community Health

With flu on the rise in Henry County, Henry Community Health is suggesting the community be prepared for limited visitation at Henry Community Health’s main campus/hospital.

“At this time, these are only recommendations and visitation is not restricted,” said Brooke Cowan, RN, BSN, infection preventionist at Henry Community Health. “However, these will become the restrictions if flu cases increase to a critical level.”

Current recommendations include:

n No more than two visitors, plus one designated care giver/support person, present in a patient’s room at any time.

n No one under the age of 16 should visit the hospital. However, an exception would be in the Women & Children’s Unit, where only healthy siblings of any age who have had the flu vaccination are permitted to visit healthy newborns for one visit.

n Those who have a fever, cough, body aches or a sore throat should postpone their visits until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours. However, visitors will be allowed for patients who are near the end of life.

These recommendations are put in place when necessary and when the flu is widespread, a press release indicated, noting the primary goal at Henry Community Health is to provide the best quality of care in an environment that is safe for patients, visitors and staff. 

Exposure to illnesses that are easily spread, like the flu, must be managed. 

Flu activity levels are carefully monitored throughout the hospital and at physician offices, as well as in the community. When certain thresholds are met, action must be taken to help halt the spread of communicable disease by limiting the number of visitors allowed in patient areas of the hospital.

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