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Published on January 08, 2018

Flu Season Update

January 10, 2018

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider to determine appropriate testing and treatment for flu. For more information on when to seek medical care please visit 

While patient volumes will fluctuate throughout the flu season, current Emergency Department wait-times have stabilized. Thank you for your patience this flu season as our staff cared for a high volume of patients. 

Additionally, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and Valley West Hospital are implementing flu visitor restrictions to protect the health of patients.

Family and visitors who are experiencing a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, body aches or congestion, even those who have been vaccinated for the flu, should refrain from seeing an inpatient or accompanying a patient to an appointment at an outpatient clinic. While flu season is at its peak, visitors will be limited to two per patient and those under the age of 18 will not be permitted to visit patients in the hospital.

Symptomatic patients who are coming to the hospital for appointments should let their healthcare provider know about symptoms and wear a mask. Masks are available at provider offices, as well flu kiosks located throughout the hospital.

It is not too late to get a flu shot. To help prevent the flu, avoid contact with sick people. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Please visit for more information.

Additional Resources:

When to Seek Medical Care for Flu

Who is at the Greatest Risk for Flu

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