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What hospital visitors need to know about the H1N1 virus

Visitors are important to hospital patients, and Virtua supports the involvement of family members and loved ones in the healing and recovery process. Due to the decrease of suspected H1N1 cases in the community, Virtua is revising its Visitor Restrictions to allow children and adolescents less than 18-years old to visit.

The health and safety of patients continue to be Virtua's primary concern. Families and visitors are asked to observe the following restrictions until further notice:

New visitor restrictions

All visitors must:

  • Limit their movement within the facility.
  • Use the waterless soap provided before entering and exiting a patient's room and limit touching surfaces within the room.
  • Adhere to guidance provided by Virtua's caregivers on the use of personal protective equipment prior to entering a patient's room.

The following groups of people may NOT visit patients in the hospital:

  • Persons with a cough
  • Persons with a fever. You may visit after you have been fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing medication, such as medicines containing acetaminophen (Tylenol®). (Note: Aspirin should be avoided in flu-like illness)
  • Persons who are feeling sick

For more information about what to do if you or a loved one becomes sick with the H1N1 virus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

 

H1N1 Vaccination Clinic

When: Sunday, January, 31, 9 am to 1 pm

Where: Virtua Voorhees' Health Education Center,  Voorhees, NJ.

The clinic is opened to all employees, employee family members and the general public. There are no age restrictions.

Those interested must call the Virtua Flu Hotline at 1-888-VIRTUA-7 by 8 pm on January 29 to register.

In order to expedite the vaccination process, please fill out the appropriate consent forms below and bring to the clinic.