Increasing flu cases in southeast Iowa reason for temporary change
West Burlington, Iowa, March 5, 2019 – To protect patients, Great
River Medical Center is limiting visitors until flu season ends. Influenza
is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause
mild to severe illness, and it can lead to death.
People who are 14 or younger are not allowed to visit because they are
at high risk for getting and spreading influenza. People can infect others
with the flu about 24 hours before they have symptoms. If you have been
exposed to someone with the flu or if you have flu symptoms, don’t
visit patients. Symptoms include:
- Body aches
- Cough or sore throat
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Fever or chills
- Runny nose
Visiting is limited to one adult. Patients who have flu-like symptoms will
be asked to wear masks to protect others in treatment and waiting areas.
Only spouses or partners, grandparents and healthy siblings of the baby
may visit. Siblings must be free from flu symptoms for 48 hours before visiting.
Pediatrics Unit (patients under 18)
Only parents and grandparents can visit.
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