In response to flu and respiratory virus season activity increasing, Banner Health has implemented visitor restrictions at all of its hospitals, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2.
The following restrictions are being placed at all Banner Health hospitals:
“While we understand visitor restrictions can be difficult, they are necessary to prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory viruses within our hospitals. We appreciate everyone’s help in keeping our patients safe,’’ said Joan Ivaska, senior director of infection prevention at Banner Health.
All Banner Health employees, employed physicians, volunteers and students received a flu vaccination by Dec. 3, 2018. Those who were unable to receive the vaccination because of medical or religious reasons are required to wear a mask while in care settings (such as hospitals) during the flu season.
Banner Health encourages everyone over the age of six months to receive the flu vaccine to protect themselves and others from influenza. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in.