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
help prevent the spread of respiratory infections by
following the health system's requests that:
The health system also encourages people accompanying outpatients
at Memorial facilities to consider these same recommendations.
"People who are ill shouldn't visit someone in the hospital,"
said Dr. Richard Bivin, medical staff president at ALMH and a family
medicine physician with Memorial Physician Services-Lincoln. "This
is true any time of year, but especially during flu season. And if
you haven't received your flu shot, it's important to take the time
to get the shot and protect yourself from the flu."
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.
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To prevent spread of the flu, the CDC recommends that individuals
take precautions to avoid spreading 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.
Most people who get the flu recover completely in one to two
weeks, but some people develop serious and potentially
life-threatening medical complications, such as pneumonia, according
to the IDPH. Over the past decade, influenza and pneumonia have been
associated with an average of 3,500 deaths a year in Illinois.
For additional information about the flu, including symptoms and
prevention, visit the CDC website,
CDC.gov. More information about the flu is available on
Memorial's Live Well blog,
frequently asked questions.
[Text from file received from
Memorial Health System]