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Flu Visitor Restrictions in Place at Lakeland Hospitals
Jan 8, 2020 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – As in many parts of the United States, residents of Southwest Michigan are experiencing an increase in the flu. To help protect the health of our patients, team members, and visitors, Spectrum Health Lakeland is instituting a revised visitation policy for its hospitals. Visitors who have not had a flu shot will be asked to wear a mask while in the facility.

Community members are asked to stay home and not visit loved ones at the hospital if they:

  • Are currently sick and/or contagious
  • Have a fever, runny nose, cough, body aches
  • Are not an immediate family member of a hospitalized patient
  • Are less than 18 years old

There is no cure for the flu. The flu shot may prevent the flu or reduce symptoms. Medications can reduce the severity of symptoms and shorten the duration of the illness. Most people with flu will have a mild illness and can treat symptoms by:

  • Staying home
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Taking over-the-counter medicine to reduce fever and body aches

Go to the emergency department if you or a loved one are experiencing difficulty breathing, dizziness, pain or pressure in the chest/abdomen, severe or persistent vomiting, or other severe symptoms.


If you have symptoms and aren't sure where to go, start with Spectrum Health Now. If we're unable to treat you, we will refer you to the right location at no cost.

Download the app or call 844.322.7374 today.

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