Flu forces changes at UK hospital

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital is making some temporary changes because of the flu season.

The hospital has announced restrictions to its inpatient hospital visitation policy. It says it’s in effort to helping protect the health and well-being of patients and health care workers during the flu season.

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There have been five flu-related deaths in Fayette County this flu season so far.

The hospital is now enforcing the following restrictions:

• No visitors under the age of 12 (except in Bone Marrow Transplant where no visitors under the age of 18).
• No visitors with any symptoms of flu-like illness.
• Only two visitors will be permitted in a patient’s room at one time.
• Visitors may be issued masks or other protective clothing for use when visiting.
• Additional restrictions may be in place in special care units such as women’s and children’s units, critical care and oncology units.
• Compassionate visitation exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The measures are in effect at all UK HealthCare inpatient units including University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Eastern State Hospital.

Hospital officials say it’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. They also say the best way to prevent the spread of the flu is to wash your hands, stay home when sick and cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.