With flu season hitting a peak in central Illinois, visitors at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital are reminded of the important role everyone plays in guarding patient safety. Good Shepherd is providing respiratory etiquette stations at hospital entrances, which have tissues, masks and sanitizing hand gel for visitors.

During flu season, Good Shepherd Hospital highly recommends the following visiting guidelines.

  • Please DO NOT visit hospital patients if you:

    •  Have a cold or any flu-like symptoms including fever or chills, sore throat, body or muscle aches, headache, cough or a runny nose. If you have these symptoms and must visit, please contact the front desk attendant for more information.

    • Are under age 18 years of age.

    • Are a pregnant woman.

  • A limit of only two people should visit a patient at any one time.

  • Soap and water or hand sanitizers are the most effective ways to prevent influenza transmission and should be used when entering and exiting patient rooms.

“Most of the time flu season peaks between December and February, but it can last into May,” said Dr. Arnold Agapito, M.D. a family physician for HSHS Good Shepherd Family Health Center which is affiliated with the HSHS Medical Group. “Daily, we are seeing an influx of patients affected by the flu. Young children and seniors are particularly vulnerable to the flu. Please take the precautions to protect yourself and your family, and make an appointment with our health center if you are affected by the flu. We can help.”

For more information about the flu, visit flu.gov.

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