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Michiana hospitals taking steps to fight the flu

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Hospitals in our area continue to take steps to combat what is becoming a pretty bad flu season.

One way Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center is trying to do that - free flu shots on Thursday.

More than 200 shots were available today - and nurses volunteered their time to give them.

Bettye Green is the community outreach coordinator. She says, "We had a few years where we really did not have a bad flu outbreak and I think people got lacksidaisycal - you know they just said 'oh, I'm not going to get it.' Well now, we're paying the price for that because it's hit us with a boom."

The flu has led Saint Joe to put some visitor restrictions in place at their locations in Mishawaka, Plymouth and the Elm Road facility. The following visitation restrictions are in place: No one under the age of 18 will be permitted to visit, only healthy adults will be allowed to visit, and only 2 visitors at a time per patient.

I-U Health Hospitals in Starke and LaPorte Counties - have also put restrictions in place. They say that "Only healthy adults (ages 18 and older) may visit patients, including parents, spouses/significant others and spiritual counselors.  A 'healthy' adult is one who is not experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, tiredness, body aches, diarrhea or vomiting; and someone who has not been exposed to the flu virus in the past week."

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