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Visitor restrictions at Legacy Health hospitals and upcoming free flu shot clinic

January 9, 2014

The flu season is here and the number of patients testing positive for influenza is on the rise. Many of the cases have been quite serious and even life threatening. In response to increased hospitalizations of patients with the flu, Legacy Health has decided to implement the following visitor restrictions immediately:

• No more than 2 visitors per patient at one time
• Hospital visitors ages 18 and younger are limited to immediate family members only

The flu season lasts for months, not weeks. There is still time to get vaccinated in order to help protect yourself and your loved ones. 

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in partnership with Immunize Oregon and the Multnomah County Immunization Program is offering FREE flu shots to people age six months and older on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 20, from 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. at 2801 N. Gantenbein, Portland, OR while supplies last.

People age 12 and older may also receive a free tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccination. Pertussis commonly referred to as whooping cough, is very contagious. County health departments declared pertussis outbreaks in Oregon and Washington in 2012. Eighty three percent of people who die from pertussis in the U.S. are less than three months old and often catch it from adult family members.