Visitor restrictions at Rockford hospitals due to flu activity

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UPDATED: Friday, February 10th, 2017

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- In addition to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Mercyhealth and SwedishAmerican Health System are restricting the age of visitors to 18 years old.

The hospitals are taking these precautions per the recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Winnebago County Health Department.

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – OSF Saint Anthony is putting visitor restrictions in place due to increased flu activity in the area.

The hospital says the visitor restrictions will be in effect starting Friday, February 10.
The restrictions include:

- No visitation by anyone who is ill with any respiratory symptoms including coughing, fever, chills, headache, vomiting, sore throat, muscle aches, or diarrhea.
- No visitation by anyone under the age of 18 years old, even if they have received the seasonal flu vaccine.

OSF Saint Anthony says the restrictions will be in place until further notice. They also ask all visitors to wash hands with soap and water, use hand sanitizer, or antiseptic hand wash before entering and exiting a patient room.

Anyone with questions about the restrictions is asked to call OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center at 815-226-2000.

According to the health department, there have been double the amount of reported flu cases in Winnebago County since January 21. The Winnebago County Health Department also says it is never too late to get a flu shot.