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Flu Prevention Information

Get a flu shot 

Flu season is upon us. We want you and your family to remain healthy. To help prevent the spread of illness, remember the following:

  • Get the flu shot.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective and can be found throughout our facilities.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, including a fever of 100 degrees F or higher, cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, fatigue, body aches and chills.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent germs from spreading.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.

In addition, we are recommending that anyone planning on visiting the hospital who is exhibiting flu-like symptoms either postpone their visit until they are well or wear a mask, which we can provide.

It is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu.  Put your zip code in the box below to locate the nearest facility administering flu shots.

Visitors' Policy Effective January 9, 2013

Due to the early and strong flu season we must limit visitation to all of our inpatient units

* Visitors under the age of 18 are temporarily prohibited from visiting inpatient units (except siblings visiting in maternity).

* Visitors with fever, chills or cough are prohibited from entering inpatient units.

* Well, healthy visitors over the age of 18 are limited to 2 at a time in a patient's room.

* Patients going to an outpatient visit with fever, chills and/or cough will be required to wear a mask.

Related Links

Flu.gov

Flu Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Flu Information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Flu Information from the Massachusetts Medical Society

Beverly Hospital's Flu Information Facebook Posts