Visitors Under the Age of 13 Not Permitted in Hospital to Prevent Spread of Flu
CaroMont Regional Medical Center is temporarily restricting hospital visitors
under the age of 13 to help prevent the spread of the flu and protect
vulnerable populations from contracting the virus. Additionally, guests
who have compromised immune systems or are experiencing flu-like symptoms
should not visit a patient in the hospital during this time. This restriction
also includes visitors to The Birthplace.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity
is increasing nationally. In response to the rising number of reported
flu cases in North Carolina, and the escalation in number of patients
being seen at the hospital with flu-like symptoms, CaroMont Regional has
implemented its flu restriction plan and will keep the restrictions in
place until flu season ends. If you have not already gotten a flu shot,
you are urged to do so.
Typically, the flu virus is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes
near a susceptible person or contact is made with a contaminated surface.
Adults tend to spread the virus from the day before symptoms begin through
5-10 days after the onset of the illness. Young children and individuals
with compromised immune systems may take longer to present symptoms and
are more likely to spread the virus to more people.
Typical flu symptoms include fever of 100 degrees or higher and any of
- Cough and/or sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Headache and/or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
To avoid contracting the flu, it is strongly encouraged that you take certain
precautions such as:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or a shirt sleeve when you cough
or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue in a trash receptacle after each use.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after you cough
or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can also be effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as these areas are vehicles for
germs to enter the body.
- Avoid close contact with symptomatic individuals when possible.
- Contact your health provider and/or local health departments for the flu vaccine.
- Drink lots of liquids and get plenty of rest.