Flu Visitation Restrictions
Flu Visitation Restrictions for Pardee UNC Health Care are now in effect.
As part of visitor restrictions, we ask that:
- Only immediate family members visit patients.
- All children 12 and under not visit the hospital. Children are more susceptible to infections and can be ill without obvious symptoms.
- All visitors wash or sanitize their hands before and after visiting patients and entering or leaving the hospital. Hand sanitizing dispensers are available throughout the building.
- All adults refrain from visiting loved ones in the hospital if they feel ill or have any of the following symptoms: headache, muscle aches, cough, fever, sore throat, and runny or stuffy nose.
- Anyone with such symptoms wear a mask if they must visit the hospital or a physician’s office.
Pardee is not yet seeing many flu cases, but expects an increase during and after the holidays. Flu symptoms include headache, muscle aches, cough, fever, sore throat, and runny or stuffy nose.
If you have flu symptoms, you can reduce the chances of spreading it to others by practicing hand hygiene and cough etiquette. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and then discard it, or cough into your upper arm.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why are adults with the flu or a cough unable to come visit patients at the hospital during certain times of the year?
Pardee UNC Health Care guidelines are in place to ensure the safety of our patients. During periods of high flu incidences, known as “Flu Alerts”, certain areas have additional visitor restrictions; specifically requesting that visitors stay away from the hospital if they have fever, cough, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat or other symptoms.
Why are children under 12 years old unable to come to the hospital during certain times of the year?
Children under the age of 12 cannot visit when the Flu Alert visitor restrictions are in place because children get sick more often than adults and when children get sick their bodies do not fight off infection as fast as adults. Children with respiratory viruses can spread their illness to others for up to two days before they have any symptoms of being sick. Almost half of children with viral respiratory infections do not have any symptoms, but can still spread the illness.
We understand that visitor restrictions present challenges for families and can be difficult for children who have a loved one in the hospital. However, it is important for the safety of all Pardee UNC Health Care patients that children under the age of 12 not visit in person during these periods. Encourage children who wish to visit to write letters instead, or help them stay connected through social media, Skype or FaceTime.
What about extreme circumstances?
If there are extreme circumstances during the Flu Alert visitation restriction time period and a patient requires a child under 12 to visit, any exception must be made by Infection Preventionist. Consult with the physicians and nurses about this.