Flu Cases Getting Worse, Hospitals Restrict Visitors To Meet Patients

By Duna Bil , Jan 10, 2017 09:23 AM EST

In Iowa, more than six hospitals are temporarily modifying visiting rules to prevent the possibilities of more flu cases.

Valley Health System, the state's integrated health network which serves 2 million patients with the use of six hospitals, made new rules as the region sees a steady rise in the number of flu-like illness.

The new hospital visiting rules will take effect Monday, limiting visiting hours to 4 hours daily. Visiting time starts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Only visitors who are 18 and older are allowed to visit sick loved ones. Additionally, only two people may enter the patient's room at the same time. The rules are issued after a surge of flu cases in the area, the Your 4 State says.

Dr. Restrepo, Vice President of the Medical Affairs explains that there will be a designated individual from the nursing team to be with the patient 24 hours a day. The health worker does not constitute being a visitor so technically there will be 3 people at a time with the patient.

Since every patient feels better and enjoys health benefits by having a loved one at the bedside, the hospital allows for two visitors, Dr. Restrepo further states.

There are also other rules that the visitors should follow such as wearing a face mask if he or she has not received the flu vaccine. People who manifest flu-like symptoms such as coughing or having a fever, are urged to stay home so as not to worsen the situation.

Health officials are urging the public to get the vaccine. Its effectivity rate this season is not as high as anticipated but it is still better than none, the KWQC reports.

Just recently, flu experts warned the public that the flu season is still going to get worse.

Due to the increase of flu cases, public officials are now asking people to refrain from visiting hospitals if they are not feeling well.

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