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Hospital lifts flu measures

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Carolinas HealthCare System announced Tuesday that previously imposed restrictions on the visitation policy for all of its Charlotte-area hospitals, including CMC-Lincoln, are lifted beginning today.
The hospital system began restricting visitors under the age of 12 at more than 10 of its locations on Jan. 10, following an increased number of flu cases in the region.
A significant drop in the number of patients being seen with flu-like symptoms prompted the change, according to a CHS press release.
During the week of Jan. 21, the last full week measured, 467 patients with flu-like symptoms were seen in the emergency departments of CHS hospitals in the Charlotte area. This compares to a high of 1,556 patients during the week of Dec. 8, said the release.
Despite the drop in flu cases, hospital officials advise that visitors not enter the hospital if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
To reduce the chances of getting or spreading the flu or other illnesses common during the winter months, the hospital system recommends coughing or sneezing into elbows or tissues, staying current on vaccinations, frequent hand washing with soap or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and not touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands.

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