Healthcare Systems Enhance Control Measures As Influenza Numbers Rise

Healthcare Systems Enhance Control Measures As Influenza Numbers Rise

Due to the high number of influenza (flu) cases in the Rock River Region, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center, Mercyhealth, SwedishAmerican, the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford, and Crusader Community Health in cooperation with the Winnebago County Health Department, are restricting visitors to their facilities and are requiring healthcare staff wear masks if they have not been vaccinated for influenza this season.  

Effective immediately, and until further notice, hospital visitors will be limited to those individuals 18 years of age and older. In addition, anyone showing flu‐like symptoms should refrain from visiting patients in the hospital. All treatment services are still available to all patients.  

Symptoms of flu come on suddenly and include: 
* Fever or feeling feverish/chills 
* Cough 
* Sore throat 
* Runny or stuffy nose 
* Muscles or body aches 
* Headaches 
* Fatigue (tiredness) 

The Winnebago County Health Department and the healthcare community continue to remind everyone:
 * Stay home when they are not feeling well, especially if they are experiencing symptoms of flu. 
* Get a flu vaccine. It’s not too late to vaccinate against influenza.  
* Practice the 3C’s (Clean, Cover, Contain) by cleaning hands often, covering coughs, and staying home when sick. 
 
Additional Information:
* Visit the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention influenza webpage at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/
* Visit the WCHD website to view the influenza report at http://www.wchd.org/   

Contacts:
Emily Tropp, SwedishAmerican, a Division of UW Health, 779‐696‐4340   
Paul Arco, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center, 815‐395‐5036   
Katie Zimmerman, Mercyhealth, 815‐971‐5481 
Carrie Hermanson, University of Illinois College of Medicine, 815‐395‐5601 
Roger Larrick, Crusader Community Health, 815‐490‐1757 
Katherine O’Toole, Winnebago County Health Department, 815‐720‐4213