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Flu leads to visitor restrictions at Hollister medical facilities

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Flu concerns are leading to temporary visitor restrictions at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital and Mabie Skilled Nursing Facility.

The San Benito County Public Health Department made the recommendation to restrict visitors to all skilled nursing residents at the two facilities. The hospital says there are six confirmed Influenza-A cases.

In a press release, Amy Bannister, RN, MSN, Infection Control Coordinator says “it is of utmost importance to us to protect this vulnerable population from additional exposure to the flu.” Bannister adds, "We understand that this is difficult and frustrating for residents and family members, but it is temporary.  Our hope is to return to normal operations as soon as possible.”

Hazel Hawkins offers the following suggestions to prevent the flu:

·        Get a flu vaccine; vaccination remains the best protection.

·        Practice basic hand hygiene, including hand sanitizing and hand washing.

·        Sanitize and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis.

·        Stay home if the following symptoms are present: fever (temperature greater than 100 degrees), chills, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, and fatigue.

Flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, stuffed-up nose, and body aches.

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Aaron Groff

Aaron Groff is an evening co-anchor at KION News Channel 5/46.


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