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Upstate hospitals ask kids, flu patients to stay home

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Hospitals in the Upstate are asking anyone under 18 and people with signs of the flu to stay away from area hospitals due to, "the level of flu and respiratory illnesses now in the Upstate."

The hospitals include AnMed Health in Anderson, Baptist Easley and Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens County, Laurens County Memorial Hospital, and both Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and Greenville Health System in Greenville County.

Melissa Overman, the Upstate medical director for the Department of Health and Environmental Control said, "Reports of cases and hospitalizations have been rising, further emphasizing the need for continued efforts to vaccinate against this serious illness, as well as take other preventive steps such as covering your cough with your sleeve or a tissue, stay home if you are sick and wash your hands often with soap and water."

Doctors urge family members that need to visit ill loved ones to wear masks and wash hands often to protect patients.

Health officials said it's not too late to get a flu shot to fight the virus.

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