Georgia Regents Medical Center restricting visits to curb flu infections

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Monday, January 13, 2014

AUGUSTA (WRDW) -- Georgia Regents Medical Center is restricting hospital visits of friends and family under the age of 12 in an effort to prevent the spread of the flu and other illnesses.

The hospital is also asking anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms to not visit patients at the medical center or Children's Hospital of Georgia.

“Hospital patients, especially those with weak immune systems or with severe underlying illnesses, are vulnerable to influenza, and we have an obligation to protect them,” said Dr. Kevin C. Dellsperger, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at GRMC.

According to Dellsperger, there have already been several flu patients admitted to the hospital.

The symptoms of the flu include a fever of 100 degrees or higher and any of the following:
• Cough and/or sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Headache and/or body aches
• Chills
• Fatigue
• Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)