In response to increasing rates of influenza and other seasonal illnesses across the nation, Banner Health in Arizona has implemented visitor restrictions at all of its hospitals, starting today.
The following restrictions are now in effect:
- Do not visit the hospital if you have a fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea.
- No visitors under the age of 13 – siblings who do not have cold or flu symptoms may visit a new baby in the Obstetrics Unit.
- Children 12 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times in public waiting areas and cafeterias.
If you’re visiting a loved one in the hospital, remember to wash or sanitize your hands frequently to avoid getting sick, and to avoid getting someone else sick.
All Banner Health employees, employed physicians, volunteers and students received a flu vaccination by Dec. 5. Those not vaccinated because of medical or religious reasons are required to wear a mask while in care settings (such as hospitals) during the flu season.
Banner Health encourages everyone over the age of 6 months to receive the flu vaccine to protect themselves and others from influenza. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in, making now the perfect time to get vaccinated. Banner Family Pharmacy now offers immunizations, find a location near you to get your flu vaccine. If you’re pregnant or have any pre-existing medical conditions, contact your primary care physician to see if you can get immunized.
For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com.