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Intense Flu in Area Prompts Baptist Health to Upgrade Visitation Guidelines

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (12/31/2014) - Due to the current extreme amount of Flu activity spreading throughout the Western Kentucky area, Baptist Health has issued the following statement.

Baptist Health Madisonville has issued an update to patient visitation guidelines to aid in reducing the spread of the influenza virus. The Centers for Disease Control weekly influenza summary shows that Kentucky is in the widespread category for flu activity.

As a reminder, all visitors are required to follow any and all infection control precautions and requests of the nursing and security staff while visiting patients at Baptist Health Madisonville.

If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of the flu, please refrain from visiting patients during that time. If you have children under the age of 18, please do not bring them as visitors into the facility. By taking these precautions, Baptist Health Madisonville hopes to help stop the further spread of the flu virus in our community and to protect the health of our current patients that are vulnerable during this time.

Influenza, or the flu, is an infectious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. The most common symptoms are a high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches and pains, headache, coughing and generally feeling tired. Symptoms can be mild to severe.

Complications caused by the influenza virus may include viral pneumonia, secondary bacterial pneumonia, sinus infections, and worsening of previous health related conditions such as asthma or heart failure.

Getting vaccinated against the influenza virus and practicing frequent hand washing are the best defenses against the spread of the virus.

Information provided by Baptist Health
Posted byJ.L. Graham
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