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Children under 13 restricted from CaroMont Health during flu season

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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

CaroMont Regional Medical Center has temporarily restricted hospital visitors under the age of 13 to help prevent the spread of the flu and protect vulnerable populations from contracting the virus.

The restriction was put into place in early January.

Hospital officials say, in addition, guests who have compromised immune systems or are experiencing flu-like symptoms should not visit a patient in the hospital during this time.

This restriction also includes visitors to The Birthplace.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity is increasing nationally.

In response to the rising number of reported flu cases in North Carolina, and the escalation in number of patients being seen at the hospital with flu-like symptoms, CaroMont Regional has implemented its flu restriction plan and will keep the restrictions in place until flu season ends.

If you have not already gotten a flu shot, you are urged to do so.

Typically, the flu virus is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes near a susceptible person or contact is made with a contaminated surface.

Adults tend to spread the virus from the day before symptoms begin through 5-10 days after the onset of the illness.

Young children and individuals with compromised immune systems may take longer to present symptoms and are more likely to spread the virus to more people.

Typical flu symptoms include 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)

To avoid contracting the flu, it is strongly encouraged that you take certain precautions such as:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or a shirt sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue in a trash receptacle after each use.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can also be effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as these areas are vehicles for germs to enter the body.
  • Avoid close contact with symptomatic individuals when possible.
  • Contact your health provider and/or local health departments for the flu vaccine.
  • Drink lots of liquids and get plenty of rest.

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