With confirmed flu cases continuing to be widespread in the southeast region of Oklahoma, Mercy Hospital Ada has implemented visitor guidelines beginning today, Thursday, January 22.
“We want to take every precaution in preventing exposure to the flu for our hospitalized patients,” said Dr. Larry Cartmell, medical director of infection prevention control committee at Mercy Hospital Ada. “While the flu can be uncomfortable for all of us, it can cause serious complications for patients whose immune systems are already weakened.”
The hospital is asking visitors to avoid entering patient care areas if they have a medical condition that makes them more susceptible to acquiring influenza, or if they have symptoms of influenza or a respiratory infection.
Common symptoms of the flu include fever, sore throat, cough, headache, runny or stuffy nose, extreme tiredness and muscle aches.
“Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between the flu and a common cold,” Cartmell said. “The best way to know for sure is to see your doctor.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended visitor restrictions nationally as well and suggests getting the flu vaccination if you haven’t done so already.
A few reminders about getting vaccinated:
Beyond vaccination, there are several easy steps to prevent flu:
Call your doctor or health care provider if you have questions about the flu.
For additional information about the flu, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/