The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 15, 2013

Flu cases prompt visitation restrictions at Geisinger

The Daily Item

— DANVILLE — Due to the recent influx of severe flu cases, visitors under age 12 will be restricted from inpatient floors at Geisinger-affiliated hospitals.

The temporary restriction is effective system-wide, and includes Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and its Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital campus, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre and its Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre campus, Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton and Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital.

“In addition to these seasonal visitation restrictions, we are urging all visitors who are ill with fever, cough, sore throat or body aches to refrain from visiting Geisinger hospitals at this time,” said Lisa Esolen, M.D., medical director, infection control, Geisinger Health System. “We believe making these temporary changes in visitation is in the best interest of our patients’ safety and well-being during this heavy flu season.”

The restrictions will remain in place until the threat of influenza has passed or returned to normal seasonal levels.

“Some people have the misconception that the flu is not as bad as many make it out be,” said Dr. Esolen. “But, in fact, the flu is a very dangerous and potentially fatal disease, which is why visitation restrictions are necessary at this time.”