The flu is no joke this year. And it's making the rounds. I know this first-hand because 3 of my 4 kids had it 2 weeks ago. It was not fun!

Cori home with the flu

That's why I was not surprised when I went to visit a friend in the hospital at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center this week, that they were taking steps to try to prevent the spread of this nasty virus!

As I walked through the main entrance, I was stopped at the front desk to be screened. They're checking everyone for any flu-like symptoms.  I was also handed this pamphlet outlining some of the temporary changes to their visitor policy.

Along with using proper cough etiquette (ie. coughing or sneezing into your arm, and washing your hands immediately, the hospital is also asking people to stay home if they have flu-like symptoms, or have been around someone who has recently had the flu. They also suggest the frequent use of hand sanitizers or soap, before, during and after the visit.

Northern Light Visitor Changes

So if you plan on visiting a friend or loved one in the hospital in the near future, these are all good things to keep in mind. And if you have any questions about the temporary changes to their visitor policy, you can always call the Northern Light EMMC at 207-973-7000.