ECH places restrictions on visitors due to flu

Temporary visiting restrictions took effect Monday at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View to reduce the risk of influenza to patients, visitors and staff.

Hospital officials ask those with flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat or body aches) not to visit patients.

Children under the age of 16 also are restricted from visiting patients, according to a press release issued by the hospital Jan. 5. Children are at greater risk for complications of certain respiratory infections, especially influenza, and are more likely to represent a health risk to patients, the released stated.

The restrictions – also in place at El Camino Hospital’s Los Gatos location – will continue as long as necessary during the influenza season.

The best flu prevention tactics involve simple behaviors, such as handwashing, coughing into a tissue or a sleeve and staying at home if you have flu-like symptoms, according to hospital officials.

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