Fairview restricts visitors to fight flu at its 6 Minnesota hospitals

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 10, 2014 - 12:13 AM

Fairview Health Services is restricting visitors to its six Minnesota hospitals to reduce the spread of influenza, a sign that the virus has become more widespread as the state’s 2013-14 flu season takes hold.

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actualreaderJan. 9, 14 6:18 PM

THANK YOU. NO one in a hospital needs to be exposed to flu on top of recovering from major surgery or being treated for viral or bacterial infections. A question, though: does Fairview insist its own staff get flu vaccinations?

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Minnesoda73Jan. 9, 14 7:01 PM

Dear Actualreader, Fairview this year made flu vaccination mandatory. If I did not get vaccinated, I would have lost my privileges. It was free and took 90 seconds. Vaccines made modern society possible. Getting vaccinated is a civic duty.

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actualreaderJan. 9, 14 7:16 PM

Thank you, Minnesota73! It is so good to hear that. Just saw a nursing-home nurse with a cold giving my mom her nebulizer and meds while coughing. Nurse said she "never" gets the flu shot -- "I already had the flu in the fall." Wow -- good news. (sarc) I know my 85-year-old mom with mobility problems, COPD and chronic pulmonary obstruction has to go from something sometime, but really? You could probably clear out 1 of 10 rooms if you really circulated through the system.

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labrat1028Jan. 9, 14 7:23 PM

Overreaction plain and simple. The flu isn't even as bad as it was last year. Very arbitrary rules.

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tituspulloJan. 9, 14 8:46 PM

labrat1028Jan. 9, 14 7:23 PM Overreaction plain and simple.___________Then again, you're not the one lying in a hospital bed now, are you?

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nyncompoopJan. 9, 14 9:24 PM

labrat1028... Do you have data to back that up?

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mchristiJan. 9, 1410:11 PM

nyncompoop: Do you have any data that restricting visitors actually decreases instances and spread of the flu, especially with all the staff, patients, and non-symptomatic visitors coming and going?

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braxozJan. 9, 1410:21 PM

labrat1028 Jan. 9, 14 7:23 PM Overreaction plain and simple. The flu isn't even as bad as it was last year. Very arbitrary rules.____________ From the CDC: "When will flu activity begin and when will it peak? The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May." We won't know had bad it is/was until it's over.

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billybob8Jan. 9, 1411:09 PM

Remember, the influenza nasal spray is a live-virus vaccine. A recently vaccinated healthy person should not come into contact with a severely immunocompromised person within 7 days of vaccination due to the risk of spreading the vaccination antigens.

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busdriver37Jan. 10, 1412:13 AM

And patients at all hospitals say: "Thank you." (As a past patient in the maternity unit, I can honestly say I wanted NO visitors other than my husband. I specifically told other potential-visitors to stay away until I was home and recovered and ready to see them.)

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