Hospitals across Cork have put strict visiting restrictions in place today, following a high number of patients with confirmed cases of influenza.
Cork University Hospital, Bantry General Hospital, Mallow General Hospital and Mercy University Hospital have put the restrictions in place to manage the situation.
In the interest of patient safety, the hospitals are asking that anyone experiencing any signs or symptoms of influenza contact their local health provider in the first instance prior to attending the Emergency Departments in the city and county.
The public are also being reminded of the importance of performing hand hygiene when visiting hospitals and would like to thank the public for their cooperation.
The public have also been assured that the hospital’s Infection Control Team are very active in monitoring the situation and all patients are being managed appropriately.
They’ve also issued a reminder that people can still get the flu vaccine: “It is not too late to get the flu vaccine and it is provided free of charge for people in at risk groups, which includes everyone aged 65 years and over, pregnant women, anyone over six months of age with a long term illness requiring regular medical follow-up such as chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, diabetes, cancer or those with lower immunity due to disease or treatment.”