Whether you've had a flu shot or even if you don't believe in vaccinations, there is no denying the fact that dozens have already died this year due to the flu. It's been one of the more deadly seasons in recent memory and it may get worse.

 CBS2 News reports that is why local Cedar Rapids hospitals are now limiting the number of patient visitors that are allowed at any one time, to help lessen the spreading of more flu virus germs.

According to CBS2, the following visitor policies will be in effect until further notice:

  • Visitors at both Mercy Medical Center and UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Hospitals are limited to two adults per patient room at any time unless there is a special circumstance. Children are not allowed to visit at this time.
  • Visitors to Labor & Delivery and Pediatrics floors are limited to parents and grandparents in good health. In addition, healthy siblings under 18 years of age are allowed.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) visitors are limited to parents and grandparents in good health. Children are not allowed to visit at this time.

The #1 piece of best advice for avoiding flu?

Wash your hands.

[source: CBS2 News]