Flu Season New Visitation Rules

    Flu Season New Visitation Rules

    According to the NYS Department of Health, there is a raised prevalence of flu in our area. Saratoga Hospital and other hospitals in the region are implementing temporary visitation restrictions.

    In order to protect our patients from flu and other infectious diseases, we have implemented the following new visitation restrictions:

    • No children 12 years or younger.
    • No visitors with rash, diarrhea, or respiratory symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath)
    • Only 2 visitors will be permitted per patient in a patient room at one time.

    Area hospitals are adopting similar visitation restrictions. Thank you for your understanding!

    What to Do If You Think You Have the Flu

    Call your primary physician first.  Do not go to the Emergency Department or to Urgent Care unless you have any of the warning signs below.

    Warning signs in adults

    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
    • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
    • Sudden dizziness.
    • Confusion.
    • Severe or persistent vomiting.

    Warning signs in children

    • Fast breathing or trouble breathing.
    • Bluish skin color.
    • Not drinking enough fluids.
    • Not waking up or not interacting.
    • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held.
    • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with a fever and a worse cough.
    • Fever with a rash.

    How best to treat flu symptoms.

    • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve fever and aches
    • Drink lots of liquids
    • Get lots of sleep and take it easy
    • Wash your hands frequently