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Some hospitals limit visits as flu spreads

Posted December 22, 2014

— Administrators at UNC Hospitals, Rex Hospital and the Fayetteville VA Medical Center are limiting patient visits by children as a flu outbreak builds across the state.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says North Carolina is one of the most active states for the flu in the nation. Fourteen states have reported widespread cases of the flu, meaning flu cases have been confirmed in more than half of a state.

UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill is prohibiting visitors under 12 in any patient rooms and has banned all visitors who have flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sneezing or runny nose.

A similar ban is in place at Rex in Raleigh, where those with cold symptoms are being asked to stay home, and children under 12 are restricted from parts of the emergency department.

The Fayetteville VA is asking anyone under the age of 18 to avoid visits to the hospital or community outpatient clinics. VA patients with flu-like symptoms are being asked to wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus.



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  • Eric Hammond Dec 22, 2014
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    gotta ask Rex, what good is "children under 12 are restricted from parts of the emergency department." (the TV article was more specific with "patient care areas"), when the WORST POSSIBLE PLACE is the ER lobby! when folks enter the ER they do not have masks on, are waiting around hacking, coughing, sneezing & wheezing, & even though they should be immediately handed a mask, there is no worse place as far as potential for transmission to or from others. what needs to be made clear to the general public is that uncomplicated flu symptoms DO NOT CONSTITUTE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY & should NOT be in the ER! Note the "uncomplicated"... yes, you may FEEL like death warmed over, but unless you are SEVERELY short of breath, yes you need to be in the ER. (HINT: if you are yacking away a mile a minute on your cell phone you ARE NOT short of breath!) otherwise do us ALL a favor and go home, call your primary MD and get them to call in a Tamiflu script

  • jonara Dec 22, 2014

    This flu is bad. You can prevent it by taking lots of Lysine.
    If you already have it you can cut the time you are infected by taking even more Lysine.