With flu on the rise, some Minnesota hospitals limit visitors

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2013 - 9:37 PM

For the first time since the flu pandemic of 2009, hospitals are tightening their visiting rules.

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quizzyJan. 7, 1310:36 PM

Stay away from the nursing homes and assisted living facilities as well, please.

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mchristiJan. 7, 1311:51 PM

Human contact from family and friends is very important for healing and probably has benefits for patients that outweigh any limited benefit that these restrictions supposedly create. Apart from taking extra precautions specifically for newborns and those with significantly suppressed immune systems on a patient by patient level, I doubt that these restrictions do much to actually contain the spread of flu or other viruses, which are flowing around staff when off duty and can easily come in with asymptomatic patients.

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samsmith1972Jan. 8, 1312:00 AM

What if your wife is giving birth and you have a bad cold. Do you have to stay home?

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pinky1933Jan. 8, 1312:08 AM

i got the flu on a flight out of MSP last week and subsequently ended-up in the ER with diagnosis of pneumonia; however, i knew it was more than a nasty flu and that's the key: don't bother the ER/spread the virus, etc. unless it's serious. i had to wait through hours of "nonsense-patients" before i saw a doctor.

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Douglind33Jan. 8, 13 4:11 AM

pinkeye1933 - how is someone supposed to know whether than have pneumonia, flu or what? Self diagnosis is foolish when you have nasty symptoms.

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mnmaggiemnJan. 8, 13 7:17 AM

Please tell us, how many of these pts had the flu shot before pushing it on us? Those statistics would be interesting.

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gemie1Jan. 8, 13 9:02 AM

I am fortunate that I never had the flu. There was even a few years that I skipped getting the seasonal flu shot, but once my child started school, I now get the flu shot every year. Friends of mine that never got a flu shot until their first bout with the flu, are first on line to get their seasonal flu shot every year.

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MellersJan. 8, 1310:18 AM

mnmaggiemn: I was at a clinic unrelated to the flu and the patient after me was a nurse at a hospital and I asked her that question-she said they don't know who has or has not gotten the flu shot-they just treat the patient to get them better. From what I hear, the flu shot's strains are fairly well matched to this year's flu strains.

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maryjfb73Jan. 9, 13 9:41 AM

Yes, please stay home. I know people want to see their loved ones and their loved ones want to see them, but it's not worth it if you get each other sick. Our little ones had the flu over Christmas and we decided not to have family over because we didn't want to spread it to them. It was hard, but it was the right thing to do.

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marathongirlJan. 9, 13 1:42 PM

Mellers - the report that came out from the CDC in beginning of December they said that the shot matched the strains, then two weeks later there was another report that the shot did not match the strains this year... it's only about 60% effective anyway. It would be nice to know if the patients had the shot or not. I can't believe that they don't know as I just went in to get something for a cough I have, and the first thing I was asked was if I had a flu shot, then was tested for it (and I did not have it, which I knew I didn't).

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