Some Phoenix-area hospitals put visitor restrictions in place to prevent flu
PHOENIX — Several Phoenix-area hospitals are asking children and those who have been ill to stay away in hopes of preventing the spread of flu, it was announced Tuesday.
In a press release, Banner Health said its facilities would not allow any visitors under the age of 13 — save for those not showing flu symptoms who are seeing a newborn — and those under 12 must be under adult supervision at all times in waiting areas and cafeterias.
It also asked adults who have flu symptoms such as fever, cough, vomiting and diarrhea, to postpone their visit.
Banner rolled out similar restrictions early last year.
The health care company also requires all of its employees, volunteers and students get a shot to prevent the illness and urged the public to do the same.
Last year, Arizona saw a spike in the number of flu cases.
The predominant strain was H1N1, but AH3B is also circulating at a high level. H1N1 was commonly known as swine flu when it caused global pandemic during the 2009-2010 season. Back then it was a novel strain. Now, it is among the common viruses.
Symptoms of the H1N1 virus include fever, cough and sore throat. Young adults are especially at risk. Other viruses tend to cause more serious complications in children and adults 65 and older.
Cronkite News’ Kaitlyn Ahrbeck contributed to this report.
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