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Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC

 

VA Medical Center asking people with flu symptoms not to visit

January 9, 2014

     Due to an increase in diagnosed flu cases, the Charles George VA Medical Center (CGVAMC) is asking people experiencing flu-like symptoms to refrain from visiting hospitalized inpatients or residents of the Community Living Center.  
Signs have been posted at all medical center and Community Living Center entrances, as well as patient care areas, that ask visitors with respiratory symptoms to not visit patients.
     The request is based on recommendations from the CGVAMC Infection Control staff and is similar to precautions taken in previous years during times of heightened flu activity.
     Since Dec. 25, the CGVAMC lab has confirmed 10 cases of influenza A, also called H1N1.  Eight of these cases were diagnosed in the CGVAMC Emergency Department and the other two were discovered at the Rutherford County Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Rutherfordton.  The current flu vaccine does help protect people against that strain of flu. 
Patients waiting for appointments that have flu-like respiratory symptoms will be encouraged to wear a mask.
Medical center officials emphasize that this precaution is indicative of the VA’s commitment to excellent care for Veterans and the promotion of community wellness.
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