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Hospital takes extra precautions as flu rate increases

The North Mississippi Medical Center is taking extra precautions due to the increase of flu rate in the area.

Posted: Jan. 3, 2018 2:43 PM
Updated: Jan. 3, 2018 3:01 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The North Mississippi Medical Center is taking extra precautions due to the increase of flu rate in the area.

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The hospital now has a designated flu floor. A nurse from the hospital tells WTVA they are "completely swamped."

And because of the high flu rate, they hope to limit the number of visitors.

"We are limiting visitors to one per patient at a time," said Malinda Prewitt, M.D. "Our strong preference is to have one designated family member or caregiver per patient during their hospital stay in order to limit the number of visitors hospital-wide. We are also limiting visitors to age 15 and older. Children under age 14 should not visit."

NMMC will be following these protection measures: 

• To avoid further spread of the disease, NMMC will be limiting visitation to one visitor per family member at a time. Ideally, one designated family member per patient would limit exposure.

• Individuals who have flu symptoms are asked to leave or stay away from the hospital. If you are coughing, please use a tissue to cover your face. Do not return to visit until you are free of symptoms for seven days.

• If you get very sick, if you are pregnant, or if you have a medical condition that puts you at higher risk of flu complications (like asthma), call your doctor. You might need antiviral medicine to treat the flu.

• The flu shot is the best means available for preventing the influenza virus, but it does not work 100 percent of the time. However, you may respond quicker to medicines, such as Tamiflu or have a less severe form of the flu, if you have received a vaccine.

• It is not too late to get a flu shot, but, remember, it takes a couple of weeks to form immunity. The flu shot is not a “live” vaccine, so if you experience symptoms soon after your vaccine, chances are that you were already exposed.

• NMMC employees who have not received the flu vaccine are required to wear a mask during the flu season.

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