Rules changes at URMC as a result of flu activity

Updated: 01/14/2014 12:57 AM
Created: 01/14/2014 12:09 AM WHEC.com

We continue to track the high level of flu activity across the U.S.

According to the CDC, 35 states are experiencing widespread flu activity. Here in Rochester, health officials are working hard to try to keep you safe.

Now, the University of Rochester Medical Center announced new restrictions to prevent the flu from spreading. Officials say children 14 and younger are not allowed to visit patients at the hospital and they're limiting the number of visitors. Two will be allowed for each patient. If you want to visit the hospital but haven't been vaccinated, you'll need to wear a mask.

Ann Marie Pettis, director of Infection Prevention at the URMC says, "At this point we feel we have enough cases in the community that we need to restrict visitors in pediatrics as well as OBGYN. And that's to protect our most vulnerable patients from getting the flu while they're in the hospital." 

Monday, there were reports that four patients died at an Alabama hospital of flu-related complications. Health officials say flu season will continue through February, so it's not too late for a flu shot.

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