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Flu Season Hospital Visitor Limitations

Temporary limitations are in place for hospital visitors. Visitors must be 18 years or older and not exhibit any flu symptoms.

Flu Season 2019 – 2020 

Influenza (flu) is an easily spread respiratory tract infection caused by a virus. About 5% to 20% of people in the U.S. get the flu each year, with more than 900,000 hospitalized with the illness last year.

You can help keep everyone safe this flu season by getting vaccinated. Even if you can fight off infection, you may still spread it to those who can't. This puts anyone you interact with at risk, including these groups at higher risk of serious illness and death from flu complications:

  • Older adults
  • Young children
  • Pregnant women
  • People with weakened immune systems and other chronic medical conditions

Should I go to the Emergency Department?

Patients are encouraged to see a doctor first to address cold and flu-like symptoms. Flu symptoms include muscle or body aches, fever or chills, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches and fatigue.

If you are experiencing an emergency, our emergency department is open 24 hours.
Adults should only go to the emergency room for the following reasons:

  • Flu-like symptoms improve but return with a fever or worse cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion

A child should only visit the emergency room for the following reasons:

  • Flu-like symptoms improve but return with a fever or worse cough
  • Bluish skin color
  • Dehydrated
  • Trouble breathing or chest pain
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Fever with a rash
  • Not eating