North Mississippi Medical Center restricts visitation due to flu

Flu season is hitting hard this year ,causing North Mississippi Medical center to place restrictions on visitation, for the benefit of their patients.

Posted: Jan 8, 2018 7:46 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Flu season is hitting hard this year causing the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo to place restrictions on visitation for the benefit of their patients.

There were rumors that the medical center was on lock down, but that is not the case.

The hospital posted on its Facebook page that visitation is limited.

As a precaution, inpatient waiting rooms have been closed to prevent spreading the flu.

No visitors under the age of 14 or with flu like symptoms are allowed.

According to Dr. Melinda Prewitt of North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, there are some special circumstances.

“In hospice cases and other cases we are sensitive to those,” said Prewitt.

According to the CDC, we haven’t seen this many people contacting and dying from the flu since 2014 – 2015 flu season.

“This is probably the worst I have ever seen,” said Prewitt.

If you are debating on seeing a doctor about flu like symptoms, Dr. Prewitt says the highest risk patients are the old, young, and those with chronic medical problems.

To prevent from contracting the flu she suggests you keep your distance.

“Stay away as best as you can. Hand washing and cough etiquette. As well as, stay away from public places if you are ill,” said Prewitt.


Prewitt also strongly encourages you to get the flu vaccine every year.

The medical center says they are using good judgement and will stop the restrictions depending on how many flu cases keep come in.

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