MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — With flu season in full swing, local hospitals are taking extra measures to ensure the health of their patients, families and staff.
Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children, Madison Hospital and Crestwood Medical Center are asking the public to not visit patients if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. Symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Body aches
If you are at high risk for developing the flu, officials strongly encourage you not enter the hospital unless you are receiving medical treatment. This includes:
- Pregnant women
- Anyone with a chronic medical condition
- People over 65
- Anyone under 12
According to reports by the Alabama Department of Public Health, 55 of the state’s 67 counties have experienced a significant number of influenza cases.
Hospital visitors are welcome to ask for a mask from staff to help limit the spread of the flu. Officials also remind the public that it is not too late to receive your flu vaccine.