Area hospitals want visits limited because of flu

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Because of an increase in flu cases Peoria-area hospitals want the public to voluntarily limit visits to patients.

In a joint news release, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, UnityPoint Health-Methodist | Proctor, Pekin Hospital, and Hopedale Medical Complex are making the request as “a precautionary measure to protect patients, visitors, and staff from spreading the flu and other upper respiratory illnesses.”

The request for the public to limit hospital visits is based on community influenza and illness data gathered by Peoria City/County Health Department, the release said. Data indicates increased flu activity throughout the Peoria region, prompting area hospitals to follow best practices from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Effective Jan. 4, 2017, it is requested that:

While the voluntary request is restrictive in nature, the health care community firmly believes the request is in the best interest of patient health and safety.

For additional tips on staying healthy during the flu season, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm.