Allina Health restricting visitors due to 'widespread' flu

Officials say it's to keep patients from getting sick

Sloane Martin
January 21, 2019 - 5:44 pm

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Allina Health is enacting stricter visitor rules due to the flu.

As of Tuesday, Jan. 22, children under age 5 and people who are currently sick are asked not to visit patients...and visitors to the Baby-Birth Center units may be screened.

Marsha Studer, Director of Infection Prevention Operations with Allina says it's part of their protocol once the state Department of Health announced cases were "widespread."

"We just want our patients to be as safe as possible and not to get influenza during their stay," she said. "We have very high vaccination rates within our staff so we don't want visitors, inadvertently, bringing in influenza."

Allina Health operates Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and United Hospital in St. Paul and 14 facilities overall.

Officials will make exceptions "based on a patient's critical condition/prognosis."

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