Hospital visitors restricted to adults only

Due to continued high incidence of flu illness, including influenza and norovirus in Aitkin County and statewide, Riverwood Healthcare Center has further extended its hospital visitor restrictions to not allow children under 18 to visit its Aitkin campus, effective Jan. 8. Riverwood implemented its hospital visitor restrictions in mid-December and encourages local residents to NOT […]

Wellness: What to Do for Colds & Flu

With increasing incidence of colds and flu, it’s good to know what resources are available to keep you and your family well—and to prevent the spread of flu illness. Even though we’re in the midst of the flu season, it’s not too late to get vaccinated. To schedule a nurse appointment to get a flu […]

Help prevent spread of flu illness

In the past week, Riverwood Healthcare Center has seen a surge in patients coming into its clinics, emergency department and hospital for respiratory infections and influenza-like illness. Influenza and norovirus transmission is expected to increase as people gather to celebrate the holiday season. On Dec. 16, Riverwood posted hospital visitor restrictions and encourages local residents […]

Flu clinics to open in October

Influenza or flu is a contagious disease, which is spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions. The best protection is a seasonal flu shot. You can get the flu at any time but influenza outbreaks most often occur from November through May. Beginning in early October Riverwood Healthcare Center will offer vaccinations for the seasonal […]

Hospital visitor restrictions due to flu outbreak

The first official week of the 2014 influenza season has arrived in full force and hospitals across Minnesota and Wisconsin are beginning to restrict visitors. Half of the hospitalizations reported to the Minnesota Department of Health have been in the Twin Cities area, but the Northeast and Aitkin areas are starting to see an increase […]

Riverwood offers more flu clinics

Riverwood Healthcare Center will offer vaccinations for the seasonal flu at its clinics in Aitkin, Garrison and McGregor in mid- to late October. The flu clinics, which are open to the public by appointment, will be held at these locations and times: Aitkin Clinic:  Oct. 10, 23, 29 and 31, 8:30-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. […]

Riverwood flu clinics to open

Influenza or flu is a contagious disease, which is spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions. The best protection is a seasonal flu shot. You can get the flu at any time but influenza outbreaks most often occur from November through May. Beginning in early September, Riverwood Healthcare Center will offer vaccinations for the seasonal […]

Riverwood receives FluSafe recognition

Riverwood Healthcare Center was one of 55 health care facilities in Minnesota to be recognized with a blue ribbon certificate for getting 90 percent or more of health care providers and employees vaccinated for influenza during the 2012-13 flu season. On Aug. 21, the Minnesota Department of Health announced that 219 Minnesota hospitals and nursing […]

Steps to avoid spread of flu virus

Riverwood Healthcare Center is not yet seeing an unusually high rate of influenza cases like some communities in the southern part of Minnesota at this time, but the organization is urging some precautionary steps. From Dec. 31 through Jan. 8, Riverwood has confirmed 30 cases of influenza among those treated for flu-like symptoms in the […]

Flu vaccine still available locally

If you want to get a flu shot, it’s not too late to get one. Riverwood Healthcare clinics in Aitkin, Garrison and McGregor are still offering nurse appointments for flu shots. If you already have a scheduled clinic appointment, just ask for the flu shot to be given at this time. To schedule a flu […]