Sierra View Medical Center (SVMC) has not seen recent cases for Respiratory
Syncytial Virus (RSV) or Influenza, but due to the number of measles outbreaks
throughout the U.S., including California, the hospital is taking all
safety precaution to protect their patients and is keeping the same visitation
restriction in place.
Children under the age of 13 will not be able to visit the patient care
units at Sierra View Medical Center including the Distinct Part/Skilled
Nursing Facility (DPSNF). Although measles has not been reported in Tulare
County or the Central Valley, extending the visitation restriction will
be in place until further notice.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the vaccine for
everyone over a year old, except for people who had the disease as children.
Those who have had measles are immune. Health officials repeatedly urge
people who have not been exposed to measles to get vaccinated. For further
information regarding vaccination, the point of contact should be a patient’s
Although there have not been any reported cases of measles in Tulare County,
knowing what the symptoms are and what to do is important. If you suspect
that your child or family member has measles, please notify your primary
physician immediately. The physician will give instruction and direction
on what to do as it is extremely contagious. To protect others, do not
take someone who may have the disease to the nearest Emergency Room or
Urgent Care where many people may be exposed. Measles starts with a mild
to moderate fever, cough, sore throat, and conjunctivitis. Following is
the onset of a rash. The rash typically starts at the hairline, and then
the face, and spreads rapidly down the body. Two or three days after symptoms
begin, tiny blue/white spots on the bright red background of the inside
of the mouth may be present.
As a family-centered hospital, Sierra View Medical Center is again taking
necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of visitors,
such as young children, as well as the health of patients and community members.