Western Plains Limits Visitation Due to Seasonal Flu Outbreak

December 23, 2019

Western Plains Limits Visitation Due to Seasonal Flu Outbreak

“Due to high levels of respiratory viruses in the community, Western Plains Medical Complex is implementing seasonal influenza precautions,” said Scott Smith, CEO of Western Plains. Visitation restrictions will be in place during peak flu season, which generally lasts through the first of April, and Western Plains kindly asks that the following individuals do not visit during this time:

  • Children under 12 years of age,
  • Pregnant women, and
  • People with chronic lung diseases.
  • The only exception is to the Family Birth Center, which will only allow siblings of the newborn to visit the new family members.

In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its patients and to help prevent the spread of infection, Western Plains also asks the community to:

  • Please limit the number of visitors to three (3) per patient.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or runny nose, please do not visit.
  • Remember to wash your hands before entering and exiting a patient’s room and after leaving the hospital.
  • If you are in the hospital for tests or procedures and have a flu-like illness (fever over 100 degrees with cough or sore throat), please ask for a mask.

The best ways to protect against the flu are to:

  • Get vaccinated. It is not too late to get a vaccination.
  • Practice good health habits. Avoid close contact with others; stay home when sick; practice good hand hygiene; cover your nose and mouth with a tissue; and avoid touching your eyes or mouth.
  • If prescribed by a physician, take flu antiviral drugs.
  • Be diligent with your own hand hygiene practices in effort to keeping yourself well.

“Western Plains is committed to protecting its patients, employees and volunteers, and limiting the further spread of influenza in our community,” said Smith. For more information about the flu and effective prevention methods, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.