Flu Season

Each day, thousands of people entrust their care to Northern Light Health. We routinely evaluate our policies and procedures to ensure our ability to provide the safest, highest quality care to every patient. According to the CDC, last year’s flu season is the worst on record since 1918, and we recognize additional measures are sometimes needed to proactively protect our patients, visitors, employees, and communities.  

We mask because we care

When you visit us for care, you may see employees and healthcare personnel wearing masks. There are many reasons we wear masks in a healthcare facility including our own protection and the protection of individuals at-risk. We ask that our staff stay at home when they are ill to further protect our patients and visitors.

We can all prevent illness

Please remember to put our patients first by covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and staying home when you feel sick with any influenza-like illness. When you visit one of our facilities, please practice proper hand hygiene by finding a hand sanitizing station when you enter the building, or washing your hands with soap and water. 

Please feel free to wear a mask while you visit to prevent the spread of germs to our patients who are most vulnerable. Thank you for your commitment to the wellbeing of our patients, families and communities during influenza season and all year long. 

Limiting visits during flu season

Colds and flu can be spread by coughing/sneezing. Flu can be spread one day before symptoms and up to five to seven days after someone becomes sick. If the flu becomes widespread, we may take precautions by limiting visitors to decrease the spread of illness and risks when it comes to our patients, visitors, and staff. 

Learn more about what you can do be prepared for the flu season