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About The Flu

Flu Season Visitor Restrictions

This Flu season has been predicted to be severe. Typical peak Flu season is between December and February. Harrington has begun taking precautions to protect patients, family members and our employees. Effective January 8, 2020, a Restricted Visitor Policy will go into effect at all our locations.

We are asking that visitors exhibiting Flu-like or severe cold symptoms refrain from entering our locations, as they place compromised risk to patients. We are making additional foam and masking stations available to clinical and registration areas for anyone to use as needed.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Some people, including the elderly, infants and pregnant women at high risk for serious flu complications. The flu is a tricky virus that mutates every year. While that may make it more challenging to predict the most infectious strands, healthcare researchers use flu data from the other side of the world, where flu season begins earlier than the US. That information is what helps the United States select which strands to use to create the most effective vaccine.

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