With increasing numbers of measles cases being reported nationally and in Indiana, Franciscan Health is proactively implementing temporary visitor restrictions in some units at its Indiana and Illinois hospitals.
Included in the restrictions are certain units at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville and Franciscan Health Lafayette East. For Crawfordsville, the restrictions are in place for the Emergency Department, Infusion Center and MCCC. For Lafayette East, they’re in place for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics, Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, Newborn Nursery, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant.
The policy, which went into effect May 6, is vital to protect the hospitals' most vulnerable patients, the hospital said on its website. Visitors who have not been vaccinated against measles, are not immune to measles, or are unsure of their status, are asked not to visit the Franciscan units.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that from January 1 to May 3, 2019, 764 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 23 states. This is the greatest number of cases reported nationally since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.
Measles is preventable via a vaccine. Anyone who is unsure about their vaccination history should check with their healthcare provider or visit www.MyVaxIndiana.in.gov to access official immunization records as recorded in the Children and Hoosier Immunization Registry Program. A personal identification number (PIN) is required. The PIN can be obtained from your healthcare provider upon request.