Flu Information

Influenza--commonly known as flu--is a highly contagious viral illness that affects the respiratory system. Flu symptoms can range from mild to severe, with serious cases resulting in hospitalization and even death. 

Those most at risk for serious flu complications include young children, older adults, women who are pregnant and those with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems. 

According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), flu viruses are most common during fall and winter months, typically increasing in October and continuing into March, although the illness can occur at any time during the year.

Flu viruses are spread through tiny drops released when a person coughs, sneezes or talks. Individuals may contract the flu by breathing in these drops, or by touching items and surfaces covered with these drops and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes. Individuals may carry and transmit the flu virus up to 24 hours before they show any signs or symptoms and up to 5-7 days after they become sick.

Protecting against flu

According to the CDC, getting an annual flu vaccine is the first line of defense against the flu. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone age six months and older.

In addition to a flu vaccine, good hygiene can help to reduce the spread of flu. To avoid spreading germs:

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Use a tissue to cover your mouth or nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with those who are sick.
  • If you are sick, limit contact with others when possible.
  • Clean frequently used surfaces such as doorknobs and countertops.

Hospital visitation restrictions

Maury Regional Health is committed to the safety and care of patients, visitors and staff. During peak flu season, visitation restrictions are implemented to reduce the risk of exposure to the flu. If you are sick, please do not visit someone in the hospital. In doing so, you place them at risk for infection. Pregnant women, new mothers and newborns are at particular risk for contracting the flu, as are older adults and those whose immune systems are compromised. Please be aware of the following visitation restrictions for our facilities:

Immediate family members only may visit patients on the fourth floor.

Do not visit a patient or newborn if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat

While in the facility, follow respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.

Wash hands often with soap and hot water or with an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

FLU season updates

During flu season, the CDC provides a weekly report outlining reported cases of flu throughout the United States.