With Georgia in the midst of one of its worst flu seasons in years, The Medical Center of Central Georgia is now restricting hospital visits to those 12 and older.
The same will hold true for visitors to The Medical Center of Peach County and Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital, all part of Central Georgia Health System.
The youth visitation policy is meant to help protect patients, visitors and hospital workers, according to a release.
The health of our patients and the community are the highest concern of Central Georgia Health System. Our policies and actions are designed to protect those at greatest risk during the flu season, said Dr. Delanor Doyle, chief medical information officer for The Medical Center of Central Georgia.
Administrators based the decision to restrict visitation on information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the prevalence of influenza across the midstate.
Individuals with flulike symptoms and those who have recently had the flu are encouraged to stay away from public areas, including school, work, theaters or other areas where people are in close proximity. Anyone with symptoms of a cold, or others whose immune systems have been weakened, are asked not to visit the hospital for their own protection and that of seriously ill patients.