Patient Care

Visitor Restrictions Aim to Stop Flu’s Spread

Dec. 19, 2014

As our community, like much of the country, grapples with high levels of flu activity, we're taking the following measures to limit its spread and best protect patients and staff at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital:

· NO VISITORS UNDER AGE 14 are permitted in the hospital.

· NO MORE THAN TWO FAMILY MEMBERS / VISITORS at any time for each patient.

· PEOPLE WHO ARE ILL with flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, or sore throat) are asked NOT to visit hospitalized patients at all.

“Flu is sometimes a serious illness in someone who’s healthy, but it can be especially dangerous for hospitalized patients with underlying illnesses,” said Paul Graman, M.D., hospital epidemiologist and clinical director of the Infectious Diseases Division at Strong.  “During flu season we really need the community’s help in keeping influenza out of the hospital.”

Family members who have questions about visiting their loved one at Strong should speak with the patient’s nurse or call Strong Memorial Hospital’s Infection Prevention office at 585-275-7716.