To protect pediatric patients, mothers and newborns from flu viruses circulating in our region, all Samaritan Health Services hospitals will limit visitors in birthing centers, beginning January 4.
The flu season is here in IL.
Children ages 14 and under not seeking medical treatment will not be allowed to visit patients in Mercy or CoxHealth hospitals until further notice.
A limit of only two people should visit a patient at any one time. Limiting visitors to hospital birthing centers and pediatric units reduces the potential for exposure for this vulnerable population. Antivirals are known to work best when given within 48 hours, but even when taken later than that, these drugs can be helpful to people who become very ill.
Wednesday, the hospital said they were at a level 3 due to the widespread flu cases. People with no medical insurance can get a flu shot at a County public health center.
On Thursday, North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services reported the first death of a child from the flu.
Adults 65 years and older.
Tracking where increases are most dramatic, Cook County health officials released a map of locations showing the highest concentrations of those presenting flu-like symptoms in zip codes, which include Skokie and Morton Grove, Melrose Park and Franklin Park, Bensenville and Wooddale, Highland Park and Carpentersville.
Cases were also reported in lesser numbers in Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles, Glenview, Northbrook, Prospect Heights and western Rolling Meadows.
"It's not too late to get a flu shot to protect against this serious disease".
In addition to getting the flu vaccine, the CDC recommends avoiding close contact with sick people, limiting your contact with others when you feel sick and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, in order to prevent the spread of germs.
-If you do get the flu, or just don't feel well, stay home to avoid making others sick.