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Hospitals starting temporary restrictions for visitors.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indianapolis hospitals are among those in the state that impose temporary restrictions on visitors to try to stop the spread of the flu.

The Marion County Public Health Department says that hospitals of all major health systems in the county agreed to start visitor restrictions no later than Friday. Restrictions do not include visitors with symptoms of influenza, visitors under 18 and visitors limited to immediate family members as identified by the patient.

People who are most at risk for complications from influenza include children under 2 and adults over 65.

Affected hospitals include Richard Roudebush V.A. Medical Center.

Hospitals in Anderson and Elwood imposed similar restrictions on Wednesday.

The Indiana State Department of Health says flu activity is widespread throughout the state.

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