FVAMC Announces Visitation Restrictions Due to Flu Outbreaks - Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System
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Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System

 

FVAMC Announces Visitation Restrictions Due to Flu Outbreaks

December 22, 2014

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville VA Medical Center has instituted visitation restrictions due to the increasing numbers of flu cases reported in the area.

To prevent the spread of illness among patients and those visiting our facilities, hospital officials are asking anyone under 18 not to come to the medical center or Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).  In addition, people of all ages suffering from fever, cough, headache, fatigue, runny or stuffy nose, or body aches should not come to the hospital or CBOCs unless they are a patient.  Patients with these symptoms will be asked to wear a mask while they are in the facility.

An increase in flu-like illnesses has been reported at our health care facilities and at health care facilities in our community.  Several confirmed cases of flu have been treated here already; several deaths from the flu have been reported in North Carolina.

Some basic precautions everyone can use to help prevent the spread of the flu include:

  • Get a flu shot.  These are available for all medical center and CBOC patients on a walk-in basis;
  • Wash hands with warm water and soap, or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available;
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.  Use a tissue or your upper sleeve, and put the used tissue in the wastebasket; and
  • Limit your contact with the general public if you are sick.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

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For more information, contact the Fayetteville VAMC Public Affairs Office at (910) 488-2120 Ext. 5991 or email jeffery.melvin2@va.gov.