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Akron Children’s Hospital reinforces visitor restrictions during flu season

Published: January 10, 2014 2:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AKRON – With seasonal RSV and influenza activity on the rise in the community, Akron Children’s Hospital is reinforcing visitor restrictions at its Akron and Mahoning Valley hospital campuses for the safety of patients and to curb the spread of these illnesses.

 All visitors, including family members, should be healthy. Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:  Fever, Cough, Sore throat, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Muscle aches, Chills.

No more than two visitors, in addition to parents/guardians, should be in a patient room at any time. Certain units of the hospital may have different visitation guidelines.

If at all possible, please try not to bring children to the hospital unless they are the ones in need of evaluation or treatment.

“We are asking for the help of the public and our patient families to help stop the spread of the flu and protect all children in the community, including, of course, our patients,” said John Bower, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist. “Washing hands regularly and getting the flu vaccine are other important ways we can protect ourselves and others from the flu.”

Akron Children’s has a mandatory policy for all employees to get an annual flu vaccination, recognizing this effort as another vital safeguard in fighting the spread of influenza.

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