Visitor Restrictions in Effect at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital Due
to Influenza Virus
Bozeman, MT [January 17, 2018] — As of 8 a.m. today, visitor restrictions
at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital are in effect due to the influenza
virus (the flu). People with symptoms of upper respiratory infection (cough,
runny, or stuffed nose) or fever, along with children under the age of
12, are asked to refrain from visiting hospitalized patients.
Visitor restrictions are put in place when flu transmission is consistently
high in the community. The best way to help prevent the flu is getting
the flu vaccine, as even if it does not prevent the flu, it helps to shorten
the length of illness. Staying home if you experience flu or flu-like
systems, as well as frequent hand-washing, all help prevent flu transmission.
Visitor restrictions help us control the spread of the flu virus in the
hospital. The flu is highly contagious and can be a major cause of acute
bronchitis and pneumonia. The best defense against the flu is immunization
and frequent hand washing.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we care for our patients
and work to help keep our community healthy. We will notify the public
when visitor restrictions are lifted.