Marion County hospitals restrict visitors for NYE


>>>NEW YEARS EVE HAD MANY TRADITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH IT.>>ONE MAY BE TO GATHER AT THE HOSPITAL TO WELCOME THE NEW YEARS BABY. THIS YEAR THE ENTIRE FAMILY WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE BABY GOES HOME. AS KEVIN RADER TELLS US, THE FLU IS GOING TO MINIMIZE THAT WELCOME PARTY.>>Reporter: IT’S A NEW YEAR’S EVE TRADITION. THE ENTIRE FAMILY HUDDLING AT THE HOSPITAL TO GREET THE NEW BABY. THAT WON’T BE THE CASE THIS YEAR. CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18 WILL NOT BE ALLOWED VISITATION. IN FACT, NO VISITORS WITH FLU LIKE ILLNESSES LIKE FEVER AND COUGH WILL BE ALLOWED TO VISIT. ONLY FAMILY IDENTIFIED BY THE PATIENT WILL BE ALLOWED. ALL RULES IMPLEMENTED CITY WIDE BY THE MARION COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT.>>THEY COULD HAVE IMMEDIATE FAMILY ONLY AND UNFORTUNATELY SIBLINGS WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO VISIT LIKE NOW. THEY WOULD HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE BABY GOT HOME TO SEE THEIR NEW SIBLING.>>Reporter: THE FLU IS TAKING ITS TOLL.>>WE HAVE THE HAND SANITIZER FOR THEM TO WASH HANDS. WE HAVE THE MASKS FOR THEM TO PUT ON, TISSUE SO THEY CAN COVER THEIR COUGH.>>WE DON’T WANT OTHER PEOPLE BRINGING FLU INTO THE HOSPITAL.>>Reporter: IT’S BAD ENOUGH ALREADY.>>WE TYPICALLY HAVE ABOUT 20 PEOPLE ON AVERAGE IN ISOLATION, IN OUR HOSPITAL, IN A DAY AND WE’RE AVERAGING CLOSER TO 40 AND ABOUT HALF OF THOSE ARE UPPER RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES.>>Reporter: THERE ARE WIDE SPECTRUM OF SYMPTOMS YOU NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR.>>COME OF AND RUNNY NIECE, PEOPLE ASSOCIATE BODY ACHES WITH THE FLU, BUT ALSO THINGS LIKE NAUSEA, VOMITING AND DIARRHEA.>>Reporter: THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO TO AVOID GETTING THE FLU –>>AS SIMPLE AS KEEPING YOUR HANDS CLEAN, PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU TOUCH AND AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE, YOUR EYES, YOUR NOSE, YOU’RE GOING TO KEEP YOURSELF HEALTHIER THAT WAY.>>Reporter: THE GOAL IS TO KEEP EVERYONE HEALTHY.>>SUCH A BIG BOY.>>Reporter: ESPECIALLY THAT NEWBORN BABY. KEVIN RADER, CHANNEL 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>WE WANT TO GIVE YOU THE LATEST FLU NUMBERS IN INDIANA. RIGHT NOW THE BIGGEST GROUP THAT’S BEEN DIAGNOSED BETWEEN THE AGES OF FIVE AND 24.>>IN A CLOSE SECOND ARE INFANTS THROUGH AGE FOUR. SO FAR THIS SEASON THERE HAVE BEEN ZERO CHILD OR INFANT DEATHS

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