UTICA – The Level II Special Care Nursery at the St. Luke’s Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System has new visiting guidelines as flu season gets underway.
Because babies in the Special Care Nursery are at greater risk of complications from the flu, only people 12 years old and older are allowed to visit during this time. If you feel sick with any type of upper-respiratory problem, you’re asked to stay home.
The MVHS offers the following tips to avoid contracting the flu:
- Frequent and thorough hand washing.
- Covering all coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a handkerchief or a tissue use the crook of your arm not your hand.
- Staying home from work, school, or social events if you have a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and pains or other symptoms like nausea or vomiting sometimes associated with influenza.
- Avoiding people exhibiting symptoms of a flu-like illness.
- Getting the flu vaccine. It is recommended that anyone over 6 months old receive the flu vaccine.
All of the waiting areas in the MVHS hospitals’ emergency departments, urgent cares and primary care medical offices practice “respiratory etiquette,” which means there are masks for patients to wear, tissues and hand sanitizer. Patients seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms and upper-respiratory problems will be asked to wear masks.
If you have flu-like symptoms that are severe and persistent, you should contact your healthcare provider.