Flu Restrictions for Banner hospitals
Effective Jan. 20, Banner Health will implement the following restrictions at all of its facilities:
- Do not visit patients at the hospital if you have a fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea
- Please, no visitors under the age of 13.
- Siblings who do not have cold and flu symptoms may visit a new baby on the Obstetrics Unit. Your child may be screened for illness by staff before being allowed to visit.
- Children 12 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times in public waiting areas and cafeterias.
- Please wash or sanitize your hands frequently while at the hospital.
Banner Health is implementing these restrictions for the health and safety of patients, visitors and employees in response to widespread and increasing rates of influenza and other seasonal illnesses across the nation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the predominant strain of influenza circulating this season is the same virus that caused the 2009 pandemic, Influenza A (H1N1). The H1N1 strain is unique in that in 2009, it caused severe illness and even death in those less than 65 years of age and without underlying health conditions.
Banner Health urges you to protect yourself from getting ill and spreading germs by such measures as washing your hands thoroughly; using hand sanitizers; covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough by using the crook in your elbow rather than your hands; and wiping down all hard surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes.