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UVMC Introducing H1N1 Visitor Guidelines to Ensure Patient and Community Safety

Health Alert

1/13/2014 - UVMC Introducing H1N1 Visitor Guidelines to Ensure Patient and Community Safety 

To help ensure patient and community safety Ukiah Valley Medical Center is initiating Influenza (H1N1) Visitor Guidelines. These guidelines are in effect to help reduce the spread of Influenza (H1N1) to community members, visiting patients, employees and patients themselves. If you are planning on visiting a patient please follow these guidelines:

  • Please enter the hospital through the main entrance. (Central entrance on Hospital Drive).
  • If you are experiencing a cough, sneezing, or respiratory symptoms, you are advised to wait to visit until you are feeling better (barring any special circumstances).
  • No visitors under the age of 18 (barring special circumstances).
  • Limit of two visitors at a time per patient (barring special circumstances).
  • Pregnant women are prohibited from visiting for their safety and the safety of their baby (barring special circumstances).
  • For Family Birth Center visitors we are restricting to family members only, siblings will be permitted but are strongly encouraged to refrain from visiting if possible.
  • Visitors will be asked flu screening questions to ensure the health and well-being of visitors, employees, and patients.

The flu virus can be particularly difficult for young children and older adults. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and fatigue. Some patients may experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you feel you have the flu contact your primary care provider.

Public Health advises the flu vaccine as a good precautionary measure. This can be administered at the Ukiah Valley Rural Health Center (call 707.463.8000 for details), Public Health (call 707.472.2681 for details), or by your local primary care physician or pharmacy (locations may vary). The vaccine is highly recommended for pregnant women and people at higher risk for the flu.

Remember to follow good health habits; stay home when you are sick, cover your coughs and sneezes, wash hands with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and stay home from work and school until you have been fever free for 24 hours.

-- UVMC --