Colo. hospitals tighten visitor rules to fight flu

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - Some Colorado hospitals are barring children and anyone with flulike symptoms from visiting as they try to protect patients, staff and other visitors from Swine Flu and seasonal flu.

The Colorado Hospital Association said Monday some hospitals aren't allowing children under age 13 to visit. Others aren't allowing visitors under 19.

The group says at least one hospital will screen visitors for flu symptoms when they enter.

The State Health Department says 256 people had been diagnosed with Swine Flu in Colorado through Oct. 3, the most recent statistics available. That includes 52 new cases of Swine Flu for the week ending Oct. 3.

Officials reported 467 cases of all types of flu this season, including 132 new cases for the week ending Oct. 3.

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  • by Dee Mac Location: Arlington Tx on Oct 12, 2009 at 09:36 PM
    I believe that is a good thing because people who are already admitted to the hospital are there for a reason and they dont need to add anything else to the existing health problem that landed them there in the 1st place. Most people are reasonable and would understand the hospitals decision. At this point common sense should be used to the fullest to do all necessary to prevent the spread of this dreadful illness. My grandmother use to say 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure', well, thats the hospitals way of preventing what they can and I commend them on it. Also, the CDC website says that swine flu can lead to pneumonia in some cases so I would like to add that there is a pneumonia vaccine available too. I got one on Friday and its good for 5 years...something to think about and talk to your doctor about. I wish everyone good health
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