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St. Peters Hospital Taking Precautions with Flu Outbreak

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Like many areas around the country Helena is experiencing an influenza outbreak, in fact its gotten so bad that St. Peters hospital is limiting its visitors.

A total of 15 patients have been admitted to St. Peters Hospital in Helena for treatment of the flu this season. For the protection of patients and staff the hospital is requesting that infants, children, and people with a cold or flu not visit the hospital. They also are mandating people those who do have a cold, cough, or flu-like symptoms to wear a mask during their visit.

"The reason for that is really just to limit transmission in the hospital, we already have patients here that are vulnerable and being treated for whatever is wrong and catching influenza on top of that can really complicate someone's illness so we are just trying to reduce the risk of that happening." said Infection Control Professional Chad Spangler.

Flu shots remain available through St. Peters Wellness Department for $25. Those who are interested can call to make an appointment.

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