Flu Visitation Restrictions
Flu Alert Restrictions for Pardee UNC Health Care in Effect
To protect the health of our patients, visitor restrictions for Pardee Hospital will begin at Pardee on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. Please do not visit a patient at Pardee Hospital if you have a fever and any of the following symptoms: cough, runny nose/nasal congestion, or sore throat. Additionally, children under 12 may not visit patients at Pardee Hospital at this time.
Some 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.