The flu and you
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula recommends that community members protect themselves against the flu by getting vaccinated. And due to a significant increase in flu cases this season compared with last, Community Hospital is adding protections for its patients, staff, and visitors, and strongly recommends that community members also take precautions.
Access to Community Hospital’s Family Birth Center has been limited to those without cold and flu symptoms. Access to the Family Birth Center’s nursery has been further limited to only those over the age of 15. The limitations are in place to protect the delicate immune systems of the newborns, as well as their mothers.
In addition, community members with flu or cold symptoms are asked to avoid visiting the hospital until they are well, to protect patients, other visitors, and our staff.
For additional information about the flu, visit the CDC website or see our press release.
Don’t “friend” the flu.
We at Community Hospital believe flu vaccinations protect our patients, our community, and our families. In the 2015/2016 flu season, 96% of our employees were vaccinated. This compares to a national rate of 78% among healthcare workers. This season, our vaccination rate for employees is 94% and growing. Employees unable to receive the vaccine wear masks when directly caring for patients.