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VA Connecticut Healthcare System

 

Visitation policy change during flu season

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Due to the increase in influenza activity in the state and to protect our patients and staff, VA Connecticut Healthcare System has temporarily amended its visitation policy effective Monday, Jan. 14.  This policy covers all VA Connecticut sites of care to include the main campuses and the community clinics. 

  • Visitation by children and youth under age 18 will not be permitted on inpatient units (to include mental health units).
    • Exception: Visitors under 18 who are NOT exhibiting flu-like symptoms may visit a family member who is a resident in the Community Living Center.
  • Visitors with a cough, fever, sore throat, body aches or other flu-like symptoms should not visit the healthcare system. 

Additional steps put in place include the following: 

  • Hand sanitizer is available at the main entrances and throughout the facility.  We ask all visitors to sanitize your hands upon entering and leaving the facility.
  • Visitors who exhibit or develop flu-like symptoms while at the healthcare system will be provided a surgical mask, asked to disinfect their hands and to leave the facility in order to prevent exposing other patients and staff. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most healthy adults can infect others one day before symptoms develop and five to seven days after symptoms appear. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be contagious for a longer period.

We will continue to monitor flu activity in our community throughout the next few weeks and make adjustments to the visitation policy as appropriate. 

We encourage everyone to get a flu shot. Patients may request the vaccine at their next outpatient appointment or call your Primary Care Firm to make arrangements if you do not have an upcoming appointment.  Staff members may obtain the flu vaccine from the Employee Health Unit during normal business hours. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we take precautions to protect our veterans this flu season.

 

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