Flu Season Temporarily Restricts Hospital Visitors

December 29, 2017, Madera CA: Due to a spike in local flu diagnoses, Madera Community Hospital announces visitor restrictions during the flu season.

Following County recommendations and patient safety protocol during flu season, children under 12 years of age and any visitor with rash, diarrhea or respiratory symptoms; fever, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath are restricted from hospital visitation. The temporary visitation restriction is enforced to decrease the risk of exposure to serious respiratory illnesses that can cause additional illness or further complications in hospitalized patients.

“The course of flu is unpredictable in both adults and children and it is difficult to identify the stage of transmission with certainty,” said Bakht Roshan, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist. “Madera Community Hospital, along with thousands of hospitals across the United States are asking, during flu season, only immediate family and no children to visit hospitalized patients and if you are ill please refrain from visiting,” Dr. Roshan added.

Madera Community Hospital provides free supervised child care in our Children’s Visitor Center. This service is available while parents receive services on the hospital premises or visit hospitalized patients. The Children’s Visitor Center is open Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is located near the Family Health Services Clinic. For Center information call (559) 675-5402.

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