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IU Health LaPorte Starke hospitals enact visitor rules to stop flu spread

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Indiana University Health LaPorte and Starke hospitals are urging the public to follow visiting recommendations within the hospitals to help prevent the spread of flu.

Both hospitals put those visitor recommendations into effect after seeing “a slight increase in the number of flu cases,” IU Health announced on Monday. The recommendations are intended to “discourage the spread of flu and keep patients and healthcare workers safe.”

The temporary policy, implemented on Monday, will remain in effect until further notice.

The policy:

¥Only persons 18 or older and healthy are being allowed to visit patients, “if necessary.”

¥Only two persons may visit a patient at a time.

¥Parents are being asked to “refrain from bringing children to the hospital as visitors.”

¥Persons “coming to the hospital for treatment and having flu or cold-like symptoms “should wear a protective mask provided at hospital entrances.”

“It’s important to remember that washing hands frequently, and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, are extremely effective in reducing the spread of flu,” IU Health noted.

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Posted 3/1/2016




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