With regional influenza activity continuing to increase, The Illinois Department of Public Health and HSHS St. Francis Hospital recommend the following visiting guidelines:
DO NOT visit hospital patients if you:
o          Have a cold or any flu-like symptoms including fever or chills, sore throat, body or muscle aches, headache, cough or runny nose
o          Are under age 18 years of age.
o          Are pregnant.
•           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. Avoid touching your face or mouth when your hands have not been cleaned.
Visitors to HSHS St. Francis Hospital are reminded of the important role everyone plays in guarding patient safety. The hospital is providing respiratory etiquette stations at hospital entrances, which have tissues, masks and sanitizing hand gel for visitors. Posters placed at the entrances outline hospital visitor guidelines.

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Kelly Barbeau

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 41270

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