The outbreak of measles in Minnesota has led to visitor restrictions at Allina Health hospitals and clinics.
Allina Health says it implemented the following restricted visitor guidelines as of Monday “to protect all patients, visitors, volunteers and staff due” from possible exposure to the measles.
Children under the age of five (5) are asked not to visit the hospital, unless seeking medical care.
– Compassionate exceptions may be considered based on a patient’s critical condition/prognosis.
– Mom Baby/Birth Center visitors will be following the same restrictions for age, compassionate exceptions and masking all children under the age of 10.
All children ages 10 and under must wear a mask while in the hospital. This also applies to any Allina Health clinic visit
Anyone with a cough or sore throat should wear a mask while in the hospital.
Among the Allina operations in southern Minnesota are the New Ulm Medical Center, the Owatonna Hospital and the District One Hospital in Faribault.
The number of children sickened by the measles since April 11th in Minnesota is now approaching 50. The infections are primarily in the state’s large Somali community, where many parents avoid the vaccine because of unfounded fears that it causes autism.
Most of the exposures have occurred in either child care, health care or household settings. To date, more than 2,500 people have been exposed.
Measles is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death and it spreads very easily among unvaccinated people.