Hospitals trying to corral flu

If you want to visit someone in the hospital or go meet a friend’s new baby, you might get turned away.

Southside hospitals are cracking down on what visitors they let in after 17 flu-related deaths were reported across the state last week.

Anyone with flu-like symptoms — including fever, body aches and a cough — and children and people who aren’t immediate relatives likely won’t be let in to visit.

This week, Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis and Community Hospital South began restricting visitors at the Marion County Health Department’s request.

Hospital officials say they’ve restricted visitors before, including during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, and they are limiting visitors this year as more and more people are visiting the emergency rooms daily with flu-like symptoms.

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