Starting this Wednesday, Wisconsin Children’s Hospitals will place a temporary ban on anyone under the age of 12 from entering the patient care areas. The ban put in place by Wisconsin health officials helps try to combat the rise in flu-related illnesses in the area. With the flu season in full swing, cities all across the US are ramping up safety measures to ensure the containment of the flu. The ban is just another way to push back against the fight against the flu.
Health officials have stressed that the ban will only apply to visitors. Families with children under the age of 12 seeking medical attention will not fall under the ban. Health officials will closely maintain the ban to determine how long the ban will be in place. Aside from Milwaukee and Fox Valley hospitals, its unclear how many other hospitals will be affected.
Chief Medical Officer Mike Gutzeit, MD, has announced the ban will go into effect at 12:00 am Wednesday, December 17, 2019. Mike Gutzeit also went on to remind everyone about the importance of healthy hygiene during the flu season while explaining the thought process about the ban. “Flu season has begun in Wisconsin and we want to implement this restriction in advance of any increase of viral illnesses in our community,” Mike Gutzeit said in an official statement from Wisconsin Children’s Hospital.
This flu season, which has begun earlier than usual this year, has already claimed more than 1,300 lives in the US, according to the CDC. As the death toll rises, the CDC encourages everyone to practice good hygiene when it comes to the flu. At least 10 children have died according to the recent weekly report from the CDC and the numbers continue to climb. States like Pennslyvania, Puerto Rico, Texas, Mississippi, and Washington all show signs of high flu activity.
Flu symptoms include but not limited to runny nose, sore throat, and body aches. Flu symptoms should be treated with high caution as not to spread the illness among others. The CDC recommends getting treatment as soon as possible. The flu can be very fatal in young children and people over 65 if gone untreated. Following CDC’s guidelines can help in the fight against the flu this season.