Visitors to Memorial Hospitals encouraged to take precautions to prevent spreading the flu
With the number of flu cases rising, Memorial Medical Center is recommending hospital visitors with flu-like symptoms to stay home until they're well.
They're requesting only two visitors per hospital patient and ask visitors be over the age of 18 and show no signs of illness.
That's because patients in the hospital with weakened immune systems are more likely to experience complications if they catch the flu.
"We don't want to isolate people from their family, but we also want to make sure that anybody that has flu-like symptoms doesn't go in and transmit the flu to them and make their condition worse or a disaster in the hospital," Dr. Steven O’Marro, an infection disease specialist at Memorial Medical Center and Springfield Clinic.
Memorial Medical Center has seen 208 flu cases so far this flu season.
Last year at this time, the hospital had only seen 18 cases.