KINGMAN - Kingman Regional Medical Center has implemented visitor restrictions after experiencing a significant increase the past few weeks in patients diagnosed with influenza A and B - and a few cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in just the past week.
Nobody under the age of 16 will be allowed to visit patients, including new siblings born at the hospital. Those under 16 will be restricted to designated waiting areas on the main floor of the hospital.
Anyone with flu-like symptoms is not allowed in the hospital unless he or she is a patient.
The restrictions, according to KRMC, were put in place to protect patients and to reduce the spread of seasonal viruses in the community.
Influenza, better known simply as the flu, is a contagious respiratory virus that can cause mild to severe illness and can lead to death. Young children and older adults and people with certain health conditions are at higher risk for serious complications, according to KRMC. RSV is also a respiratory virus that impacts young children and infants.
The symptoms for both are similar and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. Some also suffer with vomiting or diarrhea, according to KRMC. This illness is spread through coughs and sneezes by people who are sick. People can also get the illness by touching a contaminated object and then touching their mouth or nose.
It still isn't too late for anyone 6 months or older to get a flu shot. KRMC notes that most of this year's viruses are not what is contained in the vaccine, but doing so can still provide protection and limit the severity of the illness.