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Area hospitals make changes because of swine flu

Posted by wlpo on October 22, 2009

As more cases of swine flu are being reported, a couple of area hospitals have changed their visitor policies, asking that people leave their children at home.

 St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator doesn’t want parents bringing children 12 and younger with them to visit at the hospital.  Ottawa Regional Hospital doesn’t want children 16 and younger visiting. 

The hospitals say they’re trying to protect their patients. 

People as young as six months old and up to 24 years old are considered high risk for catching swine flu.  Also considered more prone are pregnant women, people who live with or care for infants, and people with health conditions that make them more susceptible to flu.

          The La Salle County Health Department says as of Tuesday, four people in La Salle County have been hospitalized for swine flu, three of which were children.  There has been one swine flu related death in La Salle County- an 18 year old woman.

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