Visitors to Memorial Health System hospitals encouraged to take
precautions to prevent spread of influenza
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[January 17, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- Flu season has
struck early, with high numbers of individuals experiencing flu-like
symptoms throughout central Illinois, according to the Illinois
Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and
For the safety of patients and their
families, Memorial Health System is recommending that visitors to
its three hospitals -- Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in
Lincoln, Memorial Medical Center in Springfield and Taylorville
Memorial Hospital in Taylorville -- help prevent the spread of
respiratory infections by complying with requests that:
The health system also encourages those accompanying outpatients
at Memorial facilities to consider these same recommendations.
Additionally, the following upcoming
youth events on the Memorial Medical Center campus have been
Friends of Memorial
Babysitters Clinic on Jan. 19.
"I'm Going to be a
Big Brother/Sister" class on Jan. 20.
CPR for Babysitters
on Jan. 26.
Memorial Explorer Post 1897 meeting on
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To prevent spread of the flu, the CDC recommends that individuals
take precautions to avoid spread of germs, such as washing your
hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, covering your nose
and mouth when you sneeze or cough, and getting your annual flu
vaccination (available to those 6 months and older).
For additional information about the flu, including symptoms and
prevention, visit the CDC website,
CDC.gov. Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the flu
can be found on Memorial's Live Well blog,
[Text from file received from
Memorial Medical Center]