Lee Health Restricts Visitation of Children

Flu incidence continues to rise

(Fort Myer, Fla. – Jan. 16, 2018) --- As the incidence of flu cases continue to increase, Lee Health is temporarily restricting visitation of children age 12 and younger from visiting all units in hospitals across Lee Health, including Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Lee Memorial Hospital. This restriction will be in place until further notice. Compassionate care allowances will be made when necessary.

Lee Health also asks our community to:

  • Get the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine (a secondary illness)
  • Practice good hand hygiene—wash hands often
  • Stay home when you are ill—especially do not visit the hospital if you have flu-like symptoms
  • Cover your cough and, if you use a tissue, dispose of it in a waste receptacle

If you experience signs and symptoms of flu, visit your primary care doctor, a Lee Health Convenient Care, walk-in or urgent care center—they are able to diagnose and treat flu. The signs and symptoms of flu include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache and fatigue. Some may experience vomiting and diarrhea, though that is more common in children. It is important to note, too, that not everyone with flu will have a fever. Seek treatment as soon as you experience symptoms, within 48 hours. Early treatment with antiviral medication may reduce the severity of the flu and may prevent serious flu-related complications.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at www.LeeHealth.org

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