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PinnacleHealth sets up flu hotline, limits hospital visitation

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

PinnacleHealth has launched a flu hotline to help patients through this year's flu season, which has reached epidemic levels nationwide. The hospital has also placed some restrictions on hospital visitation.

Nurses will man the Flu Line between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will help answer questions about when to see a physician, when a patient is experiencing a real emergency and tips for recovering at home.

Visitation on the obstetrics and pediatrics floors of PinnacleHealth's hospital is now limited to immediate family. In addition, the hospital is asking that anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, such as a fever, congestion, sneezing or coughing, to not visit hospital patients.

Masks are also available for visitors.

PinnacleHealth is implementing these changes and Flu Line as the region faces "one of the earliest and most severe/busiest flu season in a decade." The hospital and their primary care offices have also seen an influx of flu patients.

The PinnacleHealth Flu Line can be reached at (717) 231-8340 or toll-free 800-814-3431. More information on the symptoms of the flu and when to seek emergency help can be found at the hospital's dedicated flu page pinnaclehealth.org/flu.

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