Flu Restrictions in Place

As of Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020

Vidant Health values family presence when loved ones are in the hospital. At the same time, we are responsible for protecting patients from being exposed to viruses such as the flu.

If you plan to visit a Vidant Health hospital, please be aware we are temporarily changing our family presence and visitation practices to help minimize the spread of flu.

Visitation practices during flu season 

Starting Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, all Vidant hospitals will welcome visitors who are 12 years of age and older, who are not exhibiting symptoms of a cold or flu, diarrhea, vomiting or headaches. A full list of Vidant hospitals is below:

  • Vidant North Hospital
  • The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head
  • Vidant Beaufort Hospital in Washington
  • Vidant Bertie Hospital in Windsor
  • Vidant Chowan Hospital in Edenton
  • Vidant Duplin Hospital in Kenansville
  • Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro
  • Vidant Medical Center in Greenville
  • Vidant Roanoke Chowan in Ahoskie

Please note healthy children under the age of 12 may visit their healthy newborn sibling. Additional exceptions may be made in special circumstances—or with prior approval from the patient’s health care team.

Visitor recommendations at all times

Help patients stay healthy

As always, family and visitors of any age should not come to the hospital if they have symptoms of a cold or flu, fever, diarrhea, vomiting or headaches. When visiting loved ones on isolation, please wear gloves, gowns and masks.

Flu vaccine recommendations

While it won’t completely prevent the flu, the annual vaccine has been shown to lessen its severity and protect the very young and the very old.

Prevention tips

To prevent the spread of viruses, health experts recommend:

  • Washing hands frequently
  • Keeping children home from school when sick
  • Not sharing cups or utensils
  • Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze

Protecting your health by protecting ours

Vidant does our part to protect patients, their loved ones, our colleagues and the community by requiring team members to have flu shots each year or be exempted due to medical or religious exemption reasons.

Learn More

Review Vidant’s Frequently Asked Questions  about the flu and our family presence and visitation practices.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a variety of flu resources, including how to prevent the flu and treatment options.