Flu-related restrictions in place at Lakeland hospitals

ST. JOSEPH — As in many parts of the United States, residents of Southwest Michigan are experiencing an increase in the flu. To help protect the health of their patients, team members and visitors, Spectrum Health Lakeland is instituting a revised visitation policy for its hospitals, according to a news release.

Visitors who have not had a flu shot will be asked to wear a mask while in the facility. Also, community members are asked to stay home and not visit loved ones at the hospital if they: Are currently sick and/or contagious; have a fever, runny nose, cough or body aches; are not an immediate family member of a hospitalized patient; are less than 18 years old.