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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 November-March:

  • Patients should limit their visitors to no more than two to protect themselves and others.
  • Children under age 18 and the elderly are encouraged to NOT visit patients at this time. Special accommodations 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 flu and this year's 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 click here.