GREENCASTLE -- For the protection of patients, visitors and staff, the Putnam County Hospital has chosen to implement an age restriction for visitors during this year's flu season.
It is recommended parents do not bring children aged 16 years or younger to visit the facility. This temporary age-based restriction is effective immediately.
The decision was made in preparation of the H1N1 and influenza season.
"Our goal is to ensure our patients' safety," stated Dennis Weatherford, CEO of PCH. "By imposing this limitation, we can help to reduce the possible spread of the H1N1 virus."
"We ask for the cooperation of our local community and area visitors during this time," Weatherford added.
Anyone suffering from flu-like symptoms should remain at home and avoid contact with others, according to Centers for Disease Control.
If symptoms begin to include difficulty breathing, severe or persistent vomiting or confusion, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
For more information about H1N1 or the seasonal flu, visit www.cdc.gov. The Indiana State Department of Health has also set a hotline at 1-877-826-0011 for the public.