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Visitor limits due to flu

Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo recently announced that it is limiting visitor access as a precaution against spreading the flu. The Michigan Department of Community Health has been warning about a rise in reported flu cases, including some severe cases of H1N1 that have left patients on life support. Borgess now says that visitors other than siblings have to be 12 years of age or older. The Critical Care unit and the Birthing Center are now restricted to immediate family only, and only two visitors at a time will be allowed in to see patients in the Emergency and Trauma Center. Hospital Administrators are asking that anyone with a fever or other flu symptoms avoid visiting altogether. Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph also is restricting visitors for the time being due to the prevelance of the flu in the area.Officials are asking that you not visit someone in the hospital if you are currently sick, are younger than 18, or if you’re not an immediate family member of somoene hospitalized.  (MRN)