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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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Prevention

The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year:

 

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Do you have an upcoming appointment? CALL FIRST

If you have an upcoming appointment at any Harrington HealthCare System facility and have the following symptoms, fever, or cough, please call your doctor prior to arriving to your appointment.

Our top priority is to protect you, our patients, communities, and healthcare workers.

Current Visitor Policy

For the health and safety of our patients and employees, the following policy is in effect as of Monday, March 30

There will be NO visitors allowed in any inpatient or outpatient services (this includes the Emergency Department, Harrington Physician Services offices, and all other Harrington HealthCare Facilities)

Please note that the Main Lobby at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge will be closed at 7pm. All patients who need to enter the hospital after that time should come in through the ED.

The implementation of this policy is in an effort to limit the spread of potential illnesses that could be harmful to you, our patients, community, and staff. Thank you for your cooperation.

TELEHEALTH Appointments Now Available

To protect your health during the COVID-19 pandemic, certain appointments may now be conducted via TELEHEALTH, a service that allows you to see your doctor from home via a phone call or via a video conference call using your smartphone or computer.

If you are interested in scheduling a TELEHEALTH appointment, please let our office know when you call to make your appointment. We will do our best to accommodate your request if TELEHEALTH is appropriate for the type of care you need.

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