Protecting Patients From The Flu

By Katie Galbraith, Interim President

Due to an increase of flu and flu-like illness in our community, Duke Regional Hospital has implemented temporary visitor restrictions. These restrictions have been put in place at all Duke Medicine locations because we want to protect our patients, their loved ones and our staff. While we understand these restrictions may create inconvenience for you, we thank you for your cooperation and support.

The steps put in place include the following.

  • Please limit visitors to two adults per patient at any one time. Limiting the number of visitors per patient will help control the spread of illness.
  • Please do not bring your children 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.

Anyone can get the flu, but some people are at greater risk for serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia, that can lead to hospitalization and even death. For those at greater risk for complications, getting the flu vaccine is especially important.

In addition to getting the flu shot, other ways to protect against the flu are:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your cough with your arm.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Thank you for trusting Duke Regional Hospital with your care. We appreciate your cooperation with these steps to protect our patients, their loved ones and our staff.

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