Hospital Restricts Visitors As H1N1 Flu Precaution

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PERTH AMBOY—In a proactive measure to help prevent the spread of the H1N1 (swine flu) influenza virus, Raritan Bay Medical Center is temporarily suspending visitor privileges to those 18 years of age and under at both its Old Bridge and Perth Amboy hospitals beginning today.

Although the hospital has not currently seen an increase in patients with flu-like symptoms, hospital administrators decided to take this precautionary measure to protect patients, visitors and staff from unnecessary potential exposure.

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According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) younger people, especially children, seem to be most at risk to carry and spread the H1N1 influenza virus and to have medical complications due to the virus.

This restriction applies only to visitors 18 years of age and younger and not to those children of any age entering the hospital for treatment or testing.  The visitor restriction will remain in effect until such time designated by the CDC or at the conclusion of influenza season.

Like many hospitals throughout New Jersey and across the United States, Raritan Bay Medical Center is advising anyone with flu-like symptoms who may be considering a visit to the hospital to stay home.


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