Submitted on: Friday, January 8, 2016

For increased protection and safety of our patients and visitors, Cookeville Regional Medical Center is implementing precautionary measures to help in preventing the spread of flu within the hospital until further notice.

Effective Wednesday, Jan. 8, visitors age 16 and under will not be permitted to visit patients.  Children in this age group are a high source of flu transmission. The exception will be in the Birthing Center where siblings of newborns will be permitted to visit with their family.

Visitor restriction is implemented each year at Cookeville Regional during flu season based on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. 


  • Any visitor with symptoms of flu (cough, fever, etc.) must wear a mask upon entering the facility.
  • In the Emergency Room patients coming in with fever or cough will be required to wear a mask.
  • Children under the age of 16 will not be permitted to visit patients. (Exception: siblings of newborns in the Birthing Center)
  • Persons with flu-like symptoms are asked not to visit the hospital for their safety as well as the safety of our patients.

Adults and those over the age of 16 should also carefully consider the risks of visiting family or friends in the hospital since the risk of contracting the flu is likely to be much higher when exposed to concentrations of sick people as one might encounter in a hospital setting.

Cookeville Regional is enforcing these precautions in the best interest of patients and the community as a whole to help prevent the spread of influenza in our community.   And remember, the best way to prevent the spread of infection is through proper hand washing.

To help in flu prevention, follow these recommendations:

·         Get a flu shot.  CDC recommends the flu vaccination for everyone six months and older annually.

·         It is important to get your flu shot early because it takes a couple weeks for your body to build antibodies from the vaccine.  The flu shot cannot cause influenza.

·         Frequent Hand washing: Soap and Water- rub for 15-20 seconds or rub your hands and sing Happy Birthday twice.

·         Alcohol-based hand sanitizer:  Use at least the size of a dime, rub until completely dry.  Be sure the sanitizer is at least 60 percent alcohol.

·         Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as door knobs and phones.

Remember, people with the flu may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before they know they are sick, as well as while they are sick. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick. Some people, espe­cially children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time. People with the flu are contagious until they have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

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