As of 8 a.m. today, visitor restrictions for inpatient units 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 patients that are hospitalized. This does
not affect the emergency department or registration.
Visitor restrictions are put in place when flu transmission is consistently
high in the community. 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.
Staying home if you experience flu or flu-like systems helps prevent the
flu from being passed to others.
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.