Cold and Flu Season Can Be a Monster

Flu & Cold Season Can Be A Monster

Flu is prevalent in our community right now. Visit our Flu Resource Center to learn about flu prevention, signs and symptoms, and help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

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Help Us Fight the Flu!

February 16, 2017

Influenza and other viral illness are currently widespread in the community; and when sick people visit our patients, they put both our staff and our patients at risk for infection.

Help Keep Our Patients Safe: Sick Visitors Should Not Visit

While WakeMed has not implemented widespread visitor restrictions this year, we strongly urge all patients, visitors and anyone else with a contagious illness to stay home and avoid visiting our patients. The WakeMed Patient Visitation Policy states that:

The support person, all family members, and any guest of a patient must be free of symptoms of contagious illness: fever, nausea/vomiting, cough, or runny nose, and must respect the hospital’s infection prevention policies.

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What Do Flu Symptoms Look Like?

If you or someone you know is experiencing flu-like symptoms, please let us know right away. Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Nasal drainage
  • Stuffy head
  • Diarrhea/Vomiting within the past 24-hours

Wash Your Hands!

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of the flu is to keep your hands clean! Clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol hand gel before entering patient areas.

Feeling under the weather? Locate an urgent care near you, or schedule an appointment with one of our primary care doctors.

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