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.