(BEDFORD) - St. Vincent Dunn Hospital has implemented a temporary restricted visitation policy to protect patients and the public during this flu season.
Infection control nurse Donna Sexton says the decision to limit visitors came after a spike in flu cases in the hospital's emergency department. The hospital has posted signs of the policy at all entrances.
Visitor restrictions are as follows:
- No visitors with influenza-like symptoms, fever or cough.
- No visitors under the age of 18 -- unless special arrangements are made.
- No visitors allowed beyond immediate family, partner, or significant other.
According to the Indiana Department of Health, Indiana has had 19 influenza-related deaths this year. Health professionals are encouraging everyone to get a flu vaccination and to practice good hand washing And to see your physician if you start developing symptoms.
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