PORTLAND Local hospitals are lifting restrictions to visitors after reporting decreased flu activity.

In January, Providence required that visitors be at least 18 years old or members of an immediate family after the H1N1 flu virus has become widespread in the state. Other area hospitals took similar precautions and some required health care workers to wear surgical masks when caring for patients.

On Tuesday, Legacy Health lifted visitor restrictions due to a decrease in flu activity. Providence also lifted restrictions.

However, the flu season is not over, said Amber Shoebridge, spokeswoman for Legacy Health. After getting a flu vaccination, the number one thing you can do to prevent the spread of the flu is to wash your hands.

Shoebridge said anyone who develops flu symptoms including respiratory problems and a fever of 101 degrees or above should stay home so as not to spread the virus.

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