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Visitor Restriction

For the safety of our patients, employees and community, Clay County Medical Center is limiting visitors during the flu season. Please limit visitors to immediate family.  No one under the age of sixteen is allowed at this time.  
Please wash your hands upon entering and leaving a patient room. Masks are available for your protection. Visitors with flu-like symptoms are not permitted. Symptoms include fever, cough, body aches and sore throat. Thank you for helping to keep Clay County Medical Center safe.

THE FLU: WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET SICK - ww.cdc.gov

How do I know if I have the flu?

You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:

  • fever*
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

*It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

What should I do if I get sick?

Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider (doctor, physician’s assistant, etc.).

Certain people are at high risk of serious flu-related complications (including young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions) and this is true both for seasonal flu and novel flu virus infections. (For a full list of people at high risk of flu-related complications, see People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications). If you are in a high risk group and develop flu symptoms, it’s best for you to contact your doctor. Remind them about your high risk status for flu.

Health care providers will determine whether influenza testing and treatment are needed. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs that can treat the flu. These drugs work better for treatment the sooner they are started.