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VA hospital: Due to flu, please don't visit veterans

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Saginaw area Veterans Associations Health Care centers are asking that anyone who knows of a veteran who is hospitalized at the VA Medical Center in Saginaw to not visit at this time.

According to a public service announcement, influenza is becoming more widespread in our communities.

The announcement continues:

In order for our VA Medical Center located at 1500 Weiss Street in Saginaw, Michigan to do the best job possible in protecting the Veterans who are admitted, we are recommending no visiting at this time.

If you can call the Veteran, send cards or letters, or flowers, instead of making a physical visit to the VA Medical Center, that is certainly preferred during this peak influenza season.  However, if you must visit, you will be required to wear a mask during the visit.

We know this may cause an inconvenience for you, however, we are taking whatever steps may be necessary to prevent the influenza from being introduced into the inpatient setting of our Community Living Center, Acute/Medical Telemetry, and our Palliative Care Units, and further putting Veterans' health at risk.

We urge the community to take important precautions to keep yourself and your family healthy by practicing good hand hygiene.  Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth, which can increase the likelihood of the germs entering your body, and if you are not feeling well with symptoms of the influenza which includes cough, cold, fever, and body aches, to please stay home and treat those symptoms with the appropriate medicine and rest.  Seek medical attention if necessary.

Similar requests for people feeling ill or under the weather were also issued by other area hospitals.

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