Hospitals implement visitor restrictions due to flu concerns

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – In an effort to stop the spread of the flu, the Marion County Health Department said all major Indianapolis hospitals have agreed to begin restricting patient visitors starting Friday.

Those restricted include anyone with symptoms, people under the age of 18 and anyone who is not an immediate family member.

“The period of transmission is usually over a week or two, but if you have any doubts about being sick, we definitely want to protect our patients,” said IU Health Methodist Dr. Bryan Schultz. “The idea is to stay home and let our patients get well here in the hospital and further their disease process.”

The restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

Since October, 19 Indiana residents, including two children have died of flu-related illnesses.

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