Pardee Hospital has enforced the Visitor Restriction Policy which limits hospital patient's visitation to immediate family only and no one under 18 years of age.
"The health of our patients and the community are the highest concern of Pardee Hospital. Our policies and actions are designed to protect those at greatest risk during the flu season," said Robert T. Kiskaddon, M.D., FACEP Chief Medical Officer and Vice President Medical Affairs at Pardee.
This policy was put in action based off new information released from the Center of Disease Control (CDC). From statewide data of the 72 samples submitted to the State Laboratory of Public Health (SLPH) for viral testing, 50 tested positive for influenza during the past week. One tested positive for influenza B and one for 2009 H1N1; the rest were influenza A/H3. Hospital-based Public Health Epidemiologists (PHEs) reported 363 positive influenza results for week ending 12/15/12: 304 influenza A (not subtyped), 58 influenza A/H3 and 1 influenza B.
CDC can't predict how severe the upcoming flu season will be. However, the agency recommends that everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated against influenza each year. More than 112 million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine already have been distributed by vaccine manufacturers in the United States this season and more is expected.