With the flu and cold season here Banner Lassen Medical Center has implemented visitor restrictions for patient health and safety, restricting visitors if they have a fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea.
Restrictions are now in place for visitors under the age of 13.
Siblings, who do not have cold and flu symptoms, may visit a new baby on the Obstetrics unit or Pediatric unit. That 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.
Visitors are highly encouraged to wash or sanitize hands frequently while at the hospital to prevent getting the flu or potentially spreading any illness.
“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.
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. Flu shots are available at Banner Health Urgent Care and according to Banner most insurers will cover the vaccination.