Coliseum Medical Centers and Coliseum Northside Hospital have implemented restricted hospital visitation policies that will last between now and the end of flu season. In Georgia, flu season typically begins in October with a peak of illness between December and March. As they do each year, Coliseum Health System put these restrictions in place at the beginning of flu season in an attempt to prevent the spread of flu between visitors of the hospital, patients and staff. The flu visitation policies will remain in effect until the end of the flu season.
The visitation policy states:
For the protection of our patients, we ask that these individuals NOT visit patient or patient care areas:
- Any child under 12 years of age
- Any age visitor with fever or respiratory symptoms
Children must remain on the first floor and be supervised by an adult. In certain situations, visitation may be permitted for short visits, but must be approved by administration."
Michelle Mosely, Infection Control Coordinator at Coliseum Northside Hospital, said, "Our hospital takes infection control very seriously and steps like this help our patients and staff stay protected from the flu. Also, it keeps children, who are among the most at risk populations, from getting exposed if they were to come into contact with a patient who has the flu."
The policy does allow for visits under certain situations, such as the birth of a sibling.
Brandi Jones, Director of Infection Prevention at Coliseum Medical Centers, said, "Measures like this are put in place in order to make our community a healthier place to live and our patients are appreciative for the efforts we make. We've gotten positive feedback from our patients and guests because they recognize that we have their best interest in mind!"
In addition, both hospitals have flu stations located at hospital entrances for any patients arriving who have fever or flu -like symptoms. These flu stations include masks, hand sanitizer, and tissues.
About the flu
Flu is a viral illness that causes symptoms such as painful headaches, body aches, lack of energy, and often respiratory issues such as coughing or congestion. Every person is at risk of getting the flu, but certain individuals are more at risk of developing dangerous complications. Those high-risk groups include children, pregnant women, elderly and those with compromised immune systems. coming down with influenza (flu) is no fun at all. When it strikes some people, the virus can be more dangerous and even life-threatening. Anyone with these conditions who begins to experience flu-like symptoms should talk to a doctor and take the proper precautions.
The CDC recommends everyone six months and older receive a flu vaccination each year.