While many are focused on the holiday season, local health experts are warning that another season is also now underway — respiratory virus season, which is leading hospitals to take visitor precautions.
Beginning Dec. 21 at 5 p.m., visitors with signs of illness such as cough, runny nose, fever or rash will not be allowed in patient care areas at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital.
The precautions are to help protect patients against respiratory viruses such as influenza (flu) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), according to Scottsdale Healthcare’s infection control experts.
Respiratory viruses include flu and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which is a respiratory tract infection. A typical RSV season in Arizona starts in December and runs through March, according to Karen Underwood, MD, medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center.
“While RSV can be seen in adults, we most often see cases affecting babies and young children,” said Dr. Underwood.
According to her, RSV can be especially hard on infants less than 6 months old, premature babies, and babies and children with health conditions such as chronic immune, lung, heart or nervous system conditions.
Symptoms of RSV include breathing problems, unusual sluggishness or fussiness, high fever and vomiting. The child also may not want to eat or drink.
“If your child has these symptoms, consider seeing your doctor,” said Dr. Underwood.
She noted that children with certain health conditions may need to be hospitalized to protect against dehydration and pneumonia.
Respiratory viruses are spread through coughs, sneezes and picking up the virus from contaminated surfaces such as door knobs or drinking glasses.
Experts recommend preventing the spread of respiratory viruses by covering coughs and sneezes, washing your hands and staying away from people who are sick. The best strategy for avoiding influenza, they emphasize, is to get your annual flu vaccine.
- Ticking time bombs: Telltale signs your water heater is about to explode
- Reading glasses could be a thing of the past
- 6 cool ways teachers are using technology in the classroom
- Emerging tech jobs in Phoenix and how to get one in 2017
- 4 top treatments athletes use for pain
- Emergency! What to do when bathrooms flood
- Operation Santa Claus needs holiday help
- This college bowl season is likely to be epic
- Arizona kids in crisis: How you can help
- 11 holiday classics for the ultimate movie marathon
- 2016 college football rivalry games you simply can't miss
- New treatment offers hope for migraine sufferers
- 11 stadiums to watch your favorite football team
- Shopping for a TV? Best models for 2016
- The new beer pairing guide for holiday foods
- Avoid this holiday plumbing disaster in your home
- 7 tips to avoid holiday weight gain
- New treatments mean better prostate cancer survival rates
- 5 of the scariest things found in drains
- 6 tips to create the best family movie night
- New bone marrow procedure holds promise for healing pain
- The best places to celebrate Fall in Phoenix
- Infamous athletes who did the most time for their crimes
- Diet, exercise and aspirin: 3 tools to fight colon cancer
- 2016 baseball highlights, bloopers and blunders
- See how CFOs really feel about business in the Valley
- The best television shows on the internet
- The 5 worst things you could do for your roof
- 6 coolest things brewing in Arizona
- The virus that keeps head and neck cancers on the rise