Visitation Restrictions Implemented Due to Flu Outbreak - Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System
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Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System

 

Visitation Restrictions Implemented Due to Flu Outbreak

February 9, 2011

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

Hospital officials are asking that anybody under 18 not come to the medical center or Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in order to prevent the spread of illness among patients and those visiting our facilities.  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.

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

There are some basic precautions everybody can use to help prevent the spread of the flu:

  • 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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Media members with questions about this release should contact Ed Drohan, Public Affairs Officer at edward.drohan@va.gov, by calling (910) 488-2120, ext. 5991 or cell phone (910) 224-2214.