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As flu spreads, NHRMC steps up safeguards

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- As the flu continues to spread in North Carolina, the area's largest health care provider is taking steps to protect patients.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is asking people not to visit if they have not had a flu vaccine this flu season, or if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms. The hospital is also requiring patients who come to the ER or other care areas with flu symptoms to wear a mask.

The policy will affect all New Hanover Regional Medical Center inpatient and outpatient locations, including the Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital, Surgical Pavilion, Rehabilitation Hospital, Behavioral Health Hospital, Medical Mall, NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital, Pender Memorial Hospital, Oleander and Independence Rehabilitation Centers, NHRMC Diagnostic Centers, Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic, Outpatient Clinics, Atlantic SurgiCenter and Coastal Family Medicine.

The NC Department of Health and Human Services announced today five more people have died from the flu in North Carolina. That brings the total number of flu deaths this season to 27.

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