With flu activity now classified as regional in our area of Illinois, visitors to HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital are reminded of the important role everyone plays in guarding patient safety. St. Anthony’s is providing respiratory etiquette stations at hospital entrances, which have tissues, masks, and sanitizing hand gel for visitors.

During flu season, St. Anthony’s highly recommends the following visiting guidelines:

• DO NOT visit hospital patients if you:

Have a cold or any flu-like symptoms including fever or chills, sore throat, body or muscle aches, headache, cough or runny nose.

Are under age 18 years of age.

Are a pregnant woman.

• A limit of only two people should visit a patient at any one time.

• As always, soap and hand sanitizers should be used when entering and leaving a patient’s room.

For more information about the flu, visit flu.gov. For information about HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, visit St. Anthony’s web site at stanthonyshospital.org. HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.