Suggested Visitation Policy During Flu Season
While it is the policy of Atlantic General Hospital to allow open visitation,
the following is recommended during flu season, which is typically from
- Patients should limit their visitors to no more than two to protect themselves
- Children under age 18 and the elderly are encouraged to NOT visit patients
at this time. Special accomodations will be made for end-of-life circumstances.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that
young people are more at-risk as carriers and transmitters of the flu virus.
- Individuals with Atlantic General Health System outpatient or physician
appointments are encouraged to come to those appointments without their
children under age 18, unless the appointment or health care service is
for the child.
- To reduce the risk of exposure, it is recommended that pregnant women not
visit unless seeking medical treatment.
For more information about the 2017-2018 flu season,
visit the CDC's website.
Those at an increased risk for influenza related complications:
- Persons 65 years and older
- Nursing home residents and other chronic care facilities
- Adults and children with chronic disorders of the pulmonary or cardiovascular
systems, including children with asthma
- People with metabolic diseases such as diabetes
- Those with blood diseases like sickle cell anemia, or impaired immunity.
For frequently asked questions and more information on the flu