Flu Alert: Children 12 and Under May Not Visit Patients

There are a lot of people sick with the flu in our area right now. Because children are more likely to be sick and not know it, we are not allowing children 12 and under to visit patients in our hospitals.

We also ask anyone – no matter how old you are – not to visit patients in our hospitals if you might be sick. Help us protect our patients by not visiting them if you have:

  • Fever
  • Headaches/body aches/pain
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

If there is a special reason a child or someone who might be sick really needs to visit a hospital patient, please check with the patient’s nurse before coming. There are a few strict exceptions, e.g. impending death of a parent or other close relative. It is in the best interest of our patients if children do not visit. If there are no other options, visitors 12 and under are allowed in the waiting rooms and cafeteria with a supervised adult.

For more information about the flu, including how to keep from getting it, what to do if you are sick, and when to see a doctor, visit our flu page.

Hospitals currently affected by the tighter visitation policy include:

  • Carolinas Medical Center
  • Levine Children’s Hospital
  • Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy
  • Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Pineville
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Union
  • Carolinas HealthCare System University
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Lincoln
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Cleveland
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Kings Mountain
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Stanly
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Anson
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health-Charlotte
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Behavioral Health-Davidson
  • Carolinas Rehabilitation-Charlotte
  • Carolinas Rehabilitation-NorthEast
  • Carolinas Rehabilitation-Mt. Holly
  • Carolinas Rehabiltation-Pineville

Influenza Q&A for Patients and Visitors

Why is there a visitation restriction in place?
At Carolinas HealthCare System, we want to provide you and your loved ones with the best healthcare experience possible. To help ensure your safety and to protect the health and quality care of our patients, we have temporarily tightened our visitation policies due to the higher than normal prevalence of influenza cases in the region. This policy is necessary to help us maintain a safe environment for our patients, employees and visitors.

Are children 12 and under allowed to visit at Levine Children’s Hospital?

It is in the best interest of our patients if children do not visit. If there are no other options, visitors 12 and under will be screened in the Levine Children’s Hospital main lobby for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness. Children permitted to visit will only be allowed in the family waiting rooms, cafeteria and common areas. These children will not be allowed in patient rooms and must be supervised by an adult at all times.

May a visitor 12 and under wait in the waiting room?
Visitors 12 and under may not visit patients admitted to the hospital. There are a few strict exceptions, e.g. impending death of a parent or other close relative. It is in the best interest of our patients if children do not visit. If there are no other options, visitors 12 and under are allowed in the waiting rooms and cafeteria with a supervised adult.

When will the Carolinas HealthCare System flu visitation policy be lifted?
Carolinas HealthCare System will continue monitoring flu activity in the region and in our hospitals. We realize this policy may be a temporary inconvenience to your family, but we will do everything we can to lift the restriction as soon as it is safe for everyone. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and support.

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