Visiting restrictions in place at Cork hospital following surge in flu cases 

Visiting restrictions in place at Cork hospital following surge in flu cases 
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A spike in flu cases has led to visiting restrictions being put in place in Mallow General Hospital.

The hospital announced the restrictions this afternoon and said the decision was made ‘in the interest of patient safety and care and in order to control the spread of the flu within the hospital’.

“The public can be assured that the hospital’s Infection Control Team are very active in monitoring the situation and all patients are being managed appropriately,” the spokesperson said.

“In the interest of patient safety, the hospital are asking the public (adults and children) if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of influenza please contact their local health provider (GP/Southdoc) in the first instance.” The hospital is also reminding the public that there is still time to get the flu vaccine.

“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,” they added.

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