When flu season is declared by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), Burdett Birth Center puts our flu season visitor policy into place. (Normally, we have no set visitation hours.) We keep this policy in place until the DOH declares flu season to be over. We receive a lot of questions about visiting hours, in general, so we’d like to provide families with more information, especially during this time.
At Burdett, our visitor guidelines allow a maximum of two visitors in the patient room at a time. Any adults are allowed to visit along with siblings of the newborn. However, during flu season, all other children under age 12 are not allowed. In addition, all visitors must use waterless hand cleaner upon entering and exiting the patient’s room. If someone shows respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever, rash or diarrhea, then they are also not allowed to visit patients.
For more information on flu activity in New York State (NYS), head over to the Department of Health website. They have handy, informative information such as a flu tracker, prevention tips, fact sheets, and a flu vaccine finder.
At Burdett Birth Center, we offer the flu shot to staff and recommend family members make appointments to be vaccinated before the birth of new babies. Also, we recommend that parents contact their children’s childcare facilities to request all staff be immunized, if they haven’t been already. For more information, please consult your provider and child’s pediatrician about the availability of 2018-2019 flu vaccinations. Take a look at some of our other blog posts for more information on flu prevention and cold prevention, especially during the winter months.
If you have any questions about flu season and our flu season visiting hours at Burdett Birth Center, please do not hesitate to contact us at (518) 271-3393.