Idaho Falls Hospitals Restrict Certain Visitors During Flu Season
More and more people testing positive for the swine flu prompt two Idaho Falls hospitals to tighten up who they allow in the door.
Visitors who are pregnant, sick or under the age of 18 are asked to stay away
from the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center and Mountain View Hospital.
But they believe by taking these preventative measures, it will help stop further spread of the flu especially the unrelenting H1N1 virus.
"We really are in the middle of an epidemic," said Dr. Jeff Stieglitz, an EIRMC Emergency Room doctor.
It's an escalating epidemic sweeping contagious germs throughout Eastern Idaho with more and more H1N1 cases turning up earlier in the season.
"It was in Idaho Falls nearly from day one when the schools started," Dr. Stieglitz explained.
Local health administrators want to stop the spread so they're asking for:No hospital visitors under the age of 18
unless they're a parent of a hospital patient.
Pregnant women are strongly discouraged from visiting hospitals and if they do, they'll be encouraged to wear a mask.
People with respiratory or flu-like symptoms should avoid visiting hospitals.
And, Portneuf Medical Center asks for only one visitor at a time for patients in their emergency room.
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