St. Anthony Regional Hospital and Nursing Home has temporarily limited visitation to The Birth Place, hospital and nursing home due to widespread influenza (flu) and influenza-like illnesses in Iowa. St. Anthony is taking every precaution to protect its patients, residents and visitors from influenza this year. St. Anthony Regional Hospital and Nursing Home encourages individuals who may be experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, chills, body aches, cough, fatigue, sore throat and headache, to avoid visiting the hospital or nursing home while contagious. Individuals may be contagious for up to 7 days after onset of symptoms. Only parents and grandparents may visit newborns at The Birth Place at St. Anthony, and St. Anthony encourages parents not to bring children to the hospital to visit.
These recommendations have been established to protect patients, residents and visitors who are at high risk for contracting an illness or those with weaker immune systems, including newborns, women who are pregnant, individuals with other health complications, and the elderly.
St. Anthony encourages community members to remember these important flu prevention tips this season, including:
- Don’t hesitate to vaccinate. It’s not too late! The St. Anthony Clinic has flu shots available, and encourages community members who have not yet received the vaccination to get one today.
- Wash your hands often to kill bacteria and prevent the spread of germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially after coming into contact with others or running errands this time of year.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze to avoid passing germs to others.
If you have questions or concerns about whether you should visit a friend or loved one in the hospital or nursing home at St. Anthony, or to find out if visitation restrictions have been lifted, contact St. Anthony Regional Hospital and Nursing Home at (712) 792-3581.