MHP Imposes Visitor Restrictions due to Increased Flu Activity
Urges Community to take Precautions against the Spread of the Flu
JANUARY 16, 2018, SHELBYVILLE, IN---
The flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. As of January 16, 50 flu-related deaths have occurred in Indiana. As a result of the increase in local flu activity, Major Health Partners (MHP) is implementing visitor restrictions to protect our patients.
Effective immediately, the MHP temporary visitor restrictions policy is as follows:
- All visitors must be at least 18 years of age or older.
- Only immediate family members are permitted. This includes the patient’s spouse or significant other, parents, siblings or children (18 years or older).
- Do not visit patients if you have any of the following flu-like symptoms:
- sore throat
- nasal congestion
- body aches
- All visitors are required to check-in at the front desk or nurse’s station before visiting a patient.
- Visitor restrictions are in place for visitors of the ACC, Maternity Care and the 3rd floor Inpatient Units.
“The flu is a “social disease” and it can affect anyone,” according to Dr. Jorge Diego, board-certified physician with MHP Nephrology & Infectious Disease. “We urge everyone to do their part in minimizing the spread of the flu - it’s our community duty. The practice of implementing visitor restrictions protects our patients, staff and helps further prevent the spread of the flu to others.”
Patients experiencing flu-like symptoms who are seeking medical treatment at MHP Medical Center are asked to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer upon entering. Common flu symptoms include a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose. Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory tract and is easily spread by droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets.
MHP also urges Shelby County residents to take precautions against the continued spread of influenza. Many people assume it is now too late to receive a flu vaccination; however, MHP wants people to know that is not the case. Flu shots remain available from local health care providers, pharmacies and at the Shelby County Health Department. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year.
Everyone can help prevent the spread of the flu by practicing the “Three Cs” of infection prevention:
Properly wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water.
Cover your cough and sneeze into your arm or a disposable tissue.
Stay home when you are sick to keep your germs from spreading.
To view the ISDH weekly flu report, go to http://www.in.gov/isdh/25462.htm