Flu Season Information

image: Dr. Botimer with an International Limb Lengthening Institute pediatric patient

2017 – 2018 Flu (Influenza)

The 2017 –2018 flu season has been especially severe, surpassing the last 10 to 15 years as one of the worst. Influenza in our community has reached a level that requires restrictions for the safety and protection of our patients, visitors and staff. Visitors to our hospital are limited to individuals 18 years of age and older who are without influenza symptoms.

Here are some useful resources on current hospital visitor limitations, as well as flu essentials and tips to help keep you and your family healthy.

When should I go to the Emergency Room?

Patients are encouraged to contact their primary physician first to address cold and flu-like symptoms.

Flu symptoms include muscle or body aches, fever or chills, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches and fatigue. If a primary physician is unable to help, then patients can consider going to an emergency room.

Adrian Cotton, MD, chief of medical operations at Loma Linda University Health, offers guidance on when to go to the ER.

Adults should only go to the emergency room for the following reasons:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but return with a fever or worse cough

A child should only visit the emergency room for the following reasons:

  • Bluish skin color
  • Dehydrated
  • Trouble breathing or chest pain
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Fever with a rash
  • Not eating
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but return with a fever or worse cough

In the News

The flu has plagued many emergency rooms in California, with Loma Linda University Health seeing an extra 60 patients a day at times. 

Learn more about what we’re doing to support the overall health and well-being of our patients, visitors, staff and community during this particularly challenging time.

Did You Know?

Prevention is key to help reduce the spread of the flu, and it starts with a vaccination. The influenza vaccine is recommended unless you have had a prior allergic reaction or a rare complication called Guillain-Barre. Read story - The flu vaccine: Better late than never.