UNC Rockingham Health Care has seen an increasing number of patients with flu symptoms in the Emergency Department during the past several days. To protect patients, the hospital is asking that children under the age of 12, and anyone who is feeling ill, refrain from visiting patients.

“Our priority is protecting our patients who may have weakened immune systems,” says UNC Rockingham Health Care’s Infection Preventionist, Susan Bullock, RN.

The latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that flu is widespread in North Carolina and Virginia, as well as in several other states across the nation.

Flu is spread by coughing or sneezing. People can become infected by droplets in the air that contain the virus or by touching surfaces containing the virus then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Washing your hands frequently is one way to protect yourself against the flu, but the best prevention is getting a flu vaccine.
Flu vaccines are usually available at health care providers’ offices and at Morehead Urgent Care West, the Department of Public Health and at most pharmacies.