Just like schools--- hospitals are also taking steps to keep illnesses out of their facilities.
Ingham Regional Medical Center is following in the footsteps of Sparrow Hospital and Allegiance Health--- by restricting visitors in hopes of stopping the flu virus from spreading.
Effective immediately Ingham Regional Medical Center has new rules in place for it's Women and Children's Center.
No children under the age of 18 will be allowed into the center, and only one healthy visitor will be allowed per patient. These tighter visitor restrictions have been put in place, because IRMC is at the beginning of a surge in flu cases.
Dr. Earl Reisdorff says the hospital is on the verge of setting up a quarantine area in the ER for flu patients.
In this rare instance he recommends people with the flu stay away from the hospital, unless you have underlying illnesses.
Ingham is also taking special precautions throughout the hospital-- signs notifying patients of the heightened flu alert are posted, and hygiene stations are stocked with hand sanitizer,.
Masks and tissues are also available at all hospital entrances.
Ingham has also launched a free down-loadable desktop widget to better communicate important health information.
The "ingham health bug" will provide information on flu outbreaks, and flu shot clinics.
Click on the link below to download that widget.