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Regina implements stricter restrictions on visitors to stop spread of flu

In an effort to reduce the spread of infection including H1N1 flu to hospitalized patients, Regina Medical Center has introduced new visiting guidelines for visitors.

"People with a cough, runny nose, sore throat or a fever more than 100 degrees are most at risk to infect others and are asked not to visit patients," said Tina Schlottman, RN, Infection Control Practitioner.

Special requirements are also in place for visitors coming to Regina's Family Birthing Center.

"All visitors are required to sign in at the Nurses' Station," she said. "At that time each person will be asked to complete a wellness screening each day that they visit." Only children under the age of 16 who are immediate family members (brother/sister) are allowed to visit patients in the Family Birthing Center.

In addition to instituting the new visiting policy, the Family Birthing Center is instructing visitors about extra steps they can take to guard against spreading influenza-like illness to others. In some instances surgical masks and gowns may be recommended for visitors. Instructions about respiratory and hand hygiene are also available.

In most cases. people can recover from the flu at home without needing to visit a health care provider. Those who may be a highest risk for complications from the flu include children under two years of age, people 65 years or older, pregnant women and people with underlying medical conditions.

Minnesota residents with flu symptoms can call the Minnesota FluLine at 1-866-259-4655 for information and treatment options. For more information about the flu for people who do not have symptoms, consult the Minnesota Department of Health Website at