Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Lifting Visitor Flu Restrictions
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[February 27, 2014]
LINCOLN – With flu cases in Illinois
declining, Memorial Health System’s three hospitals – Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Memorial Medical Center in
Springfield and Taylorville Memorial Hospital – have lifted their
For the safety of patients and their families, the hospitals in
late January limited inpatients hospital visits to two visitors per
patient at one time and said visitors should be limited to people
who are at least 18 years old and showed no sign of illness.
The health system also encouraged those accompanying outpatients at
Memorial facilities to consider these same recommendations.
In lifting the restrictions, the health system noted that influenza
activity throughout Illinois had decreased and that the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention listed Illinois’ flu activity as
“regional” and no longer at “widespread.”
In Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department, for
example, the number of patients presenting with influenza-like
illness was at less than 1 percent this past week, said Melissa
Trader, manager of Infection Prevention for the hospital.
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Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January and February,
beginning as early as October and ending as late as May, according
to the CDC website. As many as 20 percent of all Americans get the
flu each year.
[Text from file received from
Memorial Health System]