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Flu season prompts visitor restrictions at VVMC

December 8, 2018

FORT MOHAVE — In an effort to protect patients, employees, volunteers and visitors from exposure to seasonal illnesses such as the influenza virus and respiratory syncytial virus, Valley View Medical Center is implementing visitor restrictions.

The restrictions are based on recommendations from the Mohave County Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They go into effect immediately:

Do not visit family members or friends, who are patients in the hospital, if you have signs of possible flu, including runny nose, cough, fever, etc.

Children ages 12 and younger are not permitted to visit the inpatient units unless they are seeking medical care or have special circumstances. Children may remain in the lobby waiting area but must be accompanied by an adult.

Additionally, visitors are asked to wash their hands before entering a patient’s room and upon leaving. Sinks and waterless hand sanitizers are available in all patient rooms.

Similar restrictions are in place at Havasu Regional Medical Center in Lake Havasu City. Other hospitals across the country, acting on the CDC’s advise, also are implementing the visitors restrictions.

It was unclear Thursday night whether Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City had implemented the restrictions or was planning to do so in the near future.

The restrictions, which were developed in accordance with guidelines provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the CDC, will remain in effect until the CDC removes them.

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