EMH Encourages Visitation Cutbacks as Flu Season Arrives

December 13, 2012

Elbert Memorial Hospital announced on earlier this week that due to the admission of patients that have the Flu, we are asking that visitation be limited. This will help protect you, our patients, and Hospital staff.

The hospital encourages a flu vaccination if you have not already done so. The seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for anyone who wants to reduce their risk of becoming ill with the flu. It is particularly important for persons at increased risk of severe illness or for spreading the infection to persons who are at high risk.

These people include:

People aged 6 months through 18 years or age 50 years or older

People with underlying medical conditions, such as chronic heart or lung diseases or Diabetes

Pregnant women healthcare providers

People who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age

And residents of long-term facilities.

Symptoms of seasonal flu are: fever, coughing and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches and/or body aches, chills and fatigue.

For further information, please contact your family care physician.

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