Health Dept. Restricts Indy Hospital Visits Because of the Flu

Published 01/19 2014 05:02PM

Updated 01/19 2014 05:03PM

The CDC now says the flu has reached epidemic proportions across the country.

There have been outbreaks in the Indianapolis area, so the Health Department is taking some proactive steps.

Officials have announced restrictions on hospital visitations.

Marion County hospitals agreed to begin emergency restrictions as early as Monday.

No visitors with flu-like symptoms or heavy coughing will be admitted.Only immediate family members over age 18 will be allowed to visit.

Many visitors with young children put the temporary restrictions in perspective.

"People are coming in who have been exposed to the flu, they can put patients at harm's risk. So I think it's fine. It may be an inconvenience for people who can't a baby-sitter if they have kids. But in general I think it's best for the patients," said visitor Kristen Lyons.

Another visitor, Ashley Sweatt, adds: "You don't want them to be vulnerable to any diseases or anything that's out there. So I guess it's kind of like a win-lose situation. You want them to be safe, but you want them to be there, to protect you and keep your sanity pretty much."

Health officials say Indianapolis has had one flu-related death.

Eleven people have died statewide.

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