For the safety of patients and staff, Spectrum Health Pennock is limiting visitation to its hospital during the CDC-declared flu epidemic. In addition, they are asking patients to limit the number of people who accompany them to office and clinic visits. The flu can be especially dangerous to the young, frail or elderly
One of the most important tools in fighting the transmission of flu is limiting exposure.
Visitors are asked to respect the following restrictions: If you are ill or have been exposed to someone who is ill, please refrain from visiting the hospital. All visitors are expected to be healthy and the hospitals are taking active steps to protect patients, staff and visitors.
A healthy visitor is someone who does not have the following symptoms:
- Fever, greater than 100.4 F
- Sore throat
- Runny nose or congestion
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Rash or draining sores
- Only healthy visitors should visit patients in the hospitals or outpatient clinics
- Hospitals strongly recommend only two visitors or family members visit a patient at a time in order to limit exposure to patients, visitors and family members
These measures are designed to protect vulnerable patients and apply to visitors at Spectrum Health Pennock and all Spectrum Health Grand Rapids area hospitals and are effective until further notice.
To avoid getting influenza, Hastings area physicians recommend:
- Get your seasonal influenza vaccine
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
- Avoid contact with people who have flu-like symptoms
- Get plenty of rest
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Most symptoms can and should be treated at home. Only the most severe illnesses require a visit to an urgent care location or emergency department
- It will take anywhere from five to 10 days for the illness to run its course
- Most people who contract influenza should try to stay home, rest, drink plenty of liquids and take acetaminophen or an anti-inflammatory medicine