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Lehigh Valley Hospital, St. Luke's restrict young visitors during flu season

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:28:28 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 21 2013 12:56:37 PM CST

SALISBURY TWP., Pa. -

The Lehigh Valley's two largest hospitals are restricting visitors during flu season.

Starting immediately, Lehigh Valley Health Network as well as St. Luke's University Health Network will not allow visitors under age 18 into their hospitals.

And those with flu-like symptoms -- fever, cough, sore throat, body aches -- are asked not to visit the hospital.

LVH officials said these restrictions apply to hospital inpatient areas only, and do not affect outpatient, procedure, treatment, diagnostic or pharmacy locations.

These restrictions are designed to protect the hospitals' patients and staff, as well as help inhibit the spread of the influenza virus