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UR Medicine issues visitor restrictions aimed to stop spread of influenza

The precautionary measures will go into effect at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3. (Photo: UR Medicine)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM) - With influenza now prevalent in the Rochester area, UR Medicine is taking steps to help limit the spread and best protect patients and staff at Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital, and Wilmot Cancer Center.

These steps include having a maximum of two visitors plus one care giver in a patient’s room at any time, having no visitors under the age of 14, and asking people with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, etc.) not to visit hospitalized patients until they are symptom-free for 24 hours.

“Flu can be especially dangerous for hospitalized patients with underlying illnesses,” said Paul Graman, M.D., hospital epidemiologist and clinical director of the Infectious Diseases Division at Strong. “During flu season, we need the community’s help in keeping influenza out of the hospital.”

The precautionary measures will go into effect at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3.

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