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Published on December 30, 2014

Cone Health Restricts Visitors 18 and Under Due to Flu

Cone Health is restricting children 18 and younger from visiting hospital patients due to the large number of flu cases in the community. Adults who have flu or flu symptoms also should not visit. This change does not apply to those seeking emergency care or to patients.

“Most of us will feel better in a week by staying home, getting plenty of rest and treating flu symptoms with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen,” says Cone Health Chief Clinical Officer Mary Jo Cagle, MD. “But the flu can be extremely serious or even deadly to people who have underlying conditions such as cancer and kidney disease and to pregnant women. We need the community’s help in keeping the flu away from our patients.”

These restrictions apply to lobbies, waiting areas and patient rooms of all Cone Health facilities. Visitors to Alamance Regional Medical Center, Annie Penn Hospital, Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital, Moses Cone Hospital, Wesley Long Hospital and Women’s Hospital should clean their hands when entering and leaving the hospital. Alcohol gel dispensers are located at entrances and on all hospital units.

While children 18 and younger may not come into Cone Health hospitals during this outbreak, exceptions can be made for special circumstances such as to visit a dying family member. Parents are asked to get permission from their loved one’s nurse to allow children to visit.

Most flu cases run their course in several days, and symptoms can be helped with over-the-counter medications. For individuals who experience fever that lasts for several days, Cone Health recommends that they seek the advice of a physician.

More information about the flu is available from the Centers for Disease Control at:

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