DETROIT – Henry Ford Health System is implementing temporary visitor restrictions at its hospitals to help protect patients, employees and visitors from the spread of flu illness.
Flu activity is increasing across southeast Michigan, Michigan and nationally. The most recent surveillance shows Michigan with regional activity, according to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.
“With flu activity expected to increase in the coming weeks, we are taking this measure for the health and safety of our patients, employees and visitors against the spread of flu illness,” says Katherine Reyes, M.D., MPH, Henry Ford’s medical director of Infection Prevention and Control. “These restrictions will be lifted at the end of flu season.”
Visitor restrictions take effect immediately at Henry Ford Hospital, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and Henry Ford Allegiance Health:
- Visitors are limited to those 12 years and older.
- Patients who have flu-like symptoms and have scheduled appointments or procedures should wear a mask and maintain proper hand hygiene.
- Visitors who have flu-like symptoms are asked not to visit until their symptoms improve.
Flu-like symptoms come on suddenly and include the following:
- Extreme tiredness
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat.
Antiviral medicines are available to treat flu, and are recommended to be given early, especially to those with severe disease or at high risk for complications.
The flu shot is the best protection against the flu, says Dr. Reyes. “It’s not too late to get the flu shot. It protects you and those around you," she says.
Practice these healthy habits daily to stop the spread of germs:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands often.
- Clean and disinfect touched surfaces at home, work or school.
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