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Temporary Visitor Restrictions Due to Influenza (FLU)

Posted: January  14, 2013 by UI Health Marketing

We are seeing an increase in Influenza (flu) within Illinois and our immediate community. The Illinois Department of Public Health is recommending temporary visitor restrictions during this time. Because we believe these restrictions will help protect hospitalized patients, we have put them into place at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. 

Use respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette. If you currently have any of the following symptoms please wear a mask while you are in public hallways or waiting rooms in the hospital:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore Throat
  • Sneezing
  • Runny Nose
  • Muscle Aches
  • Feeling Tired

Use Tissues or Your Upper Arm or Sleeve to Cover Coughs and Sneezes. 
Dispose of used tissues in a waste basket promptly. Clean hands often, and whenever they may have been contaminated with respiratory fluids.

We Ask that You Not Visit Hospitalized Patients if You have the Symptoms Listed Above.
If you must visit, because your presence is essential to the well-being of the patient, please keep a mask on during the entire visit.

Additional Temporary Visitor Restrictions Include:

  • No visitors under 18 years of age.
  • Only two visitors per patient at any given time
  • Follow respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette and cover your mouth if you are coughing or sneezing
  • If the person you wish to visit is in isolation for influenza, please do not visit unless your presence is necessary for the patient's emotional well-being and care.

Thank you for following these temporary visitor restrictions. We know exemptions to these restrictions may be necessary because of patient well-being or other concerns. If this is the case, please talk to the person at the reception desk or nurse on the clinical unit.

The University of Illinois Hospital will be following Cook County Department of Public Health recommendations regarding influenza and the time when these visitor restrictions can be lifted. Meanwhile, if you have not yet been vaccinated for influenza this season, it is not too late to do so.

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