To assure quality patient care, while protecting the health of patients, visitors and employees, YRMC plans to begin visitor restrictions for the current flu season on Thursday, December 26.
Visitors 15 years old and younger will not be permitted in patient care and waiting areas during the flu season. Visitors may be asked to provide identification. An exception will be made for anyone 15 years old or younger who is a patient or the parent of a patient.
The intent of our annual visitor restrictions is to protect patients, families and staff from unnecessary exposure to the flu virus. The visitor restrictions include the main campus of the hospital, plus YRMC Center Cancer Center.
YRMC is also asking individuals to refrain from visiting the hospital if they are experiencing fever, cough, aches and pains, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, runny or stuffy nose or flu-like symptoms.
To even better assure this protection of community health, YRMC implemented several years ago a mandatory flu vaccination policy for all employees. Visitors to YRMC may notice masks being worn during the flu season by employees who were unable to receive their flu vaccination. This measure aims to protect unvaccinated healthcare workers from respiratory illness and to help reduce exposure to our patients and visitors.
The best way to prevent the flu and serious complications from influenza is to receive your annual vaccination, practice good cough etiquette and hand hygiene. Wash your hands with clean, running water and apply soap. Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds. Rinse well under running water and dry with a clean towel or air dry them. If you already have the flu, the best prevention is to stay home.