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Hospitals turn away visitors with flu symptoms

The New York Times, January 15, 2013

People who wish to visit loved ones in the hospital take heed: At some medical centers, a cough or a sneeze will probably get you turned away. As public health officials struggle to contain the spread of influenza, pertussis and norovirus, a growing number of hospitals around the country are placing restrictions on visitors to protect their patients from infection. Hospitals in at least 10 states have asked visitors with flulike symptoms not to visit patients. Some are placing outright bans on children and teenagers, fearing they may be most likely to infect patients.