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Widespread flu activity prompts temporary change in University of Minnesota Health visitor policy

For the safety of our patients, we ask that children under the age of 5 and anyone experiencing cold- or flu-like symptoms refrain from visiting patients at University of Minnesota Health hospitals.
Influenza activity is “widespread,” according to the Minnesota Department of Health. To protect our patients, we have implemented temporary visitor restrictions at our hospitals.
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The Minnesota Department of Health recently declared influenza to be widespread across the state.

To protect our patients and prevent the further spread of the illness, University of Minnesota Health has temporarily implemented enhanced visitor restrictions at University of Minnesota Medical Center (East and West Banks) and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

The temporary visitor policies began on Dec. 28, 2017, and will remain in place until flu season is over.

We ask that children under the age of 5 and anyone experiencing cold- or flu-like symptoms refrain from visiting patients at our hospital. In addition, those with symptoms of a communicable disease or those who have recently been exposed to a communicable disease to which they are susceptible should not visit.

Our providers and staff may screen hospital visitors who appear to be ill. If a visitor is displaying symptoms, our providers may offer respiratory masks or ask the visitor to postpone his or her visit.

Help us reduce the flu risk by:

  • Getting a flu vaccine; vaccination remains the best protection
  • Practicing basic hand hygiene, including hand sanitizing and hand washing
  • Sanitizing and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis
  • Staying home if the following symptoms are present: fever (temperature greater than 100 degrees), chills, cough, sore throat, muscle aches and fatigue

Influenza symptoms come on quickly in the form of fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, stuffed-up nose and body aches. These symptoms can be severe.
 
Stay up-to-date on the flu by visiting the Minnesota Department of Health Influenza website

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