HSHS St. John's Hospital adjusting visitor guidelines for flu season

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SPRINGFIELD - HSHS St. John's Hospital has announced it is adjusting hospital visitor guidelines in order to keep patients safe during influenza season.

HSHS St. John's Hospital officials say respiratory etiquette stations are now being provided at hospital entrances, and includes tissues, masks, and sanitizing hand gel.  Additionally, posters outlining visitor guidelines are also being placed at these stations.

According to these adjusted guidelines, hospital officials say you should not visit patients if you have a cold, or if you have any flu-like symptoms like a fever, chills, sore throat, body or muscle aches, headaches, a cough, or a runny nose.  Pregnant women and anyone under the age of 18 are also advised against visiting patients at this time, as well.

Officials also say there is a limit of two visitors per patient at any one time, and soap and water or hand sanitizers should be used when entering and exiting patient rooms.  HSHS St. John's Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gurpreet Mander says the hospital is "committed to protecting our patients and visitors from acquiring unnecessary infections."

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