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As we enter the peak of influenza (flu) season, the rates are high and widespread throughout Maryland. At CalvertHealth Medical Center (CHMC), we are seeing a heavy volume of ER visits and admissions associated with the flu. Although vaccinating against the flu is still the best line of defense, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year’s vaccine is only 30% effective against the H3N2 virus.
To limit the potential spread of influenza within the medical center and among our patients, CHMC is limiting the visitation of children under the age of 18 and those that are experiencing cold/flu-like symptoms.
To protect our patients and prevent the spread of influenza:
- Wash your hands before and after visiting. Hand-washing stations are located on each patient floor.
- The use of masks will be encouraged for patients with flu-like symptoms.
- Do not visit if you are currently experiencing cold/flu-like symptoms or if you have recently been ill.
- No children under the age of 18 may visit at this time (exceptions can be made by the care team in the event of special circumstances, e.g., the patient is near the end of life).
Visitors experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms should also refrain from attending classes offered at CHMC. Classes or groups that involve children under the age of 18 may be relocated, postponed or cancelled during this time. For up-to- date information on course offerings, visit CalvertHealthMedicine.org/Classes.
While we know that this policy may cause inconvenience for our patients and family members, patient safety and the overall health of our community is our primary concern. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.