Hays, Kansas (Feb 7, 2018) –Effective today visitors at HaysMed will be restricted due to an increase in influenza and other respiratory illnesses. Visitors who have symptoms of Influenza (fever, body aches, headache, severe weakness, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose) or are 12 years of age or younger will not be allowed on patient floors.
This year’s flu season is one of the worst on recent records and HaysMed is taking these precautions in order to limit the spread of the flu and other respiratory illnesses. Signs noting the restrictions are posted at the main entrances to alert visitors not to visit if they have symptoms of Influenza, respiratory illness, or are 12 years of age or younger.
The flu can cause serious complications and even death, especially in the very young, the elderly, and those with existing medical conditions. These measures are being taken in an effort to protect patients, families, and hospital staff. We appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation.
It is not too late to receive a flu vaccination. CDC recommends getting a flu shot by the end of October if possible. However, getting a vaccine later in the season is still beneficial. HaysMed offers flu vaccines through the end of March to anyone 6 months of age and older.