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Hospitals Adjusting Visitor Policies Due To H1N1

Last updated on Tuesday, October 6, 2009

(UNDATED) - After the initial reports of the H1N1 flu last spring, hospitals around the state began adjusting their visitor policies.

Some, like Clarian Health, restricted patient visitors to it's downtown Indianapolis hospitals to only essential adult visitors, but later lifted the restriction.

Now hospitals are again reconsidering their restrictions on patient visitors in an effort to curb the spread of both the seasonal flu and H1N1.

While some hospitals are simply reemphasizing their existing policies on the number of visitors to each patient, visitors who have been exposed to the flu or who have flu like symptoms are encouraged to avoid visiting patients at all.

Dr. Jay Butler, head of the center for disease control, says it's a good approach not only for a hospital, but also for a church or school.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Judy Monroe also favors visitor restrictions because flu cases sharply increase this time of year.

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