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Flu Restrictions at MDH

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Temporary Visitor Recommendations at MDH due to Increased Influenza Activity

Illinois Department of Public Health recommends that hospitals implement the CDC’s comprehensive influenza prevention and control recommendations

MACOMB, Ill. – McDonough District Hospital announced recommendations for visitors due to a widespread increase in influenza activity throughout the state and community.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) issued a statement recommending hospitals implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) comprehensive influenza prevention and control recommendations.

Many counties in Illinois have experienced high levels of influenza-like illness (fever of 100 degrees or higher, plus cough and/or sore throat).

MDH visitor recommendations:

• Only persons 18 years of age or older visit, unless seeking medical attention.

• Limit the number of visitors to two (2) per patient at any one time.

• Visitors with acute influenza-like illness symptoms not visit, but if they must visit to wear a medical mask (can be provided by the hospital).

MDH will continue these guidelines until the IDPH lowers the state influenza activity level to “Sporadic” or below. For those individuals who have not gotten a flu vaccination yet, flu shots are available at the McDonough Medical Group primary care clinics (by appointment) and the MDH Convenient Care clinic inside the Macomb Hy-Vee.

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