Cortlandt Manor, NY - (January 16, 2013) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center is urging visitors and outpatients to stay at home if they have the flu or suspect they are getting it.
“Unless you have a condition that needs Emergency Department care, the Hospital is the last place you should be if you have the flu,’’ said Barbara Savatteri, Director of Infection Control at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “We are asking visitors who have the flu to stay at home. “You don’t want to spread the flu to your hospitalized loved ones or the staff that takes care of them”.
Asking sick visitors to stay at home is one of several health precautions that the Hospital is asking people to take during the recent outbreak of influenza. The Hospital is also restricting children under 12 from visiting during this time and is asking sick outpatients to reschedule their appointments, if possible. Visitors and outpatients who exhibit symptoms will be asked to wear masks.
On Saturday, the Governor declared a State of Emergency in New York, one of more than 40 states where the flu is at epidemic levels. Two children in New York State and 18 children across the United States and have died as a result of this year’s influenza outbreak.
Savatteri said that the Hospital always has infection control policies in place, but has stepped these up during this period and is asking the public to do its part to help stop the spread of the flu.
Savatteri said that in most cases people with the flu do not need to visit the emergency room. “If you have flu-like symptoms, please call or see your primary care physician before coming to the emergency department. Of course if you feel you are in need of emergent care, please don’t hesitate to come to the emergency department.
The best way to stop the spread of the flu is still to get a flu shot. Flu shots are available from your doctor and at many neighborhood pharmacies. Visit http://health.westchestergov.com/ or http://www.putnamcountyny.com/health/
to find out where to get your flu shot.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community. In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit www.hvhc.org