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Duke Health Puts Flu Restrictions in Place

January 05, 2018

In the past several weeks there has been a rise in the number of patients visiting Duke hospitals, clinics and emergency rooms due to the flu. It is easily and most often spread as a result of coughs, sneezes or simply talking.

Safety and Well-Being Is Our Highest Priority

At Duke Health, the safety and well-being of our patients, visitors, and staff is our highest priority. That is why we’ve taken several important steps to help prevent the spread of the flu in our hospitals. For example, we require our staff and providers be vaccinated against the flu annually to ensure everyone’s safety during the flu season. While we realize the following temporary restrictions may result in some inconvenience to family members and other visitors, we appreciate your understanding and support.

Together, we can prevent the spread of the flu in our hospitals this season.

Please Follow These Restrictions

These restrictions are in effect as of noon on Monday, January 8, 2018:

  • Limit visitors to two adults per patient at any one time. Limiting the number of visitors per patient will help control the spread of the illness.
  • Children are not allowed on hospital visits. Since children are more likely to get sick and spread the flu, our staff will only allow children under 18 to visit patients in special cases -- or with prior approval from the patient’s healthcare team.
  • Clean your hands frequently. Look for hand hygiene stations around the hospital and use them often. Please make sure to clean your hands when entering and leaving the hospital either by washing with soap or rubbing your hands together with hand sanitizer.
  • Do not visit the hospital if you have flu-like symptoms. Signs of the flu include fever, cough, sneezing, runny nose or sore throat.
  • Get the flu vaccine if you haven't done so already. Getting this simple shot can help increase your chances of staying healthy and avoid getting others sick. In case you forget some of these steps, don’t worry—our staff will be giving you gentle reminders to make sure we are all doing what we can to keep everyone as healthy as possible. If you have questions, feel free to ask any member of your care team.

Together, we can prevent the spread of the flu in our hospitals this season. Thanks, again, for your understanding and support.

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