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Vidant Health implements visitation restrictions for children under 12

November 13, 2014 by Chris Mackey

GREENVILLE, NC – Due to increasing numbers of respiratory viruses including the flu, Vidant Health is once again limiting visitation for children under 12 years of age in pediatric areas of our hospitals beginning Nov. 17. 




“Children are the primary target of viruses this time of year and they tend to get sick first,” said Dr. Keith Ramsey, Medical Director of Infection Control for Vidant Health. “Because young children have different hygiene habits than adults, taking this extra precaution will help insure the safety and well-being of our patients and families at this time.”




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.




During this time of heightened viral conditions, Vidant Medical Center, the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center, and Vidant Roanoke-Chowan hospital have the following visitation limitations:




Only those 12 years of age and older can visit patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Pediatric Intensive Care Unit; Pediatric Unit; Kids ImmunoSuppressed Unit, Special Care Nursery, and the Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit 
Well siblings may visit their newborn sibling 
These limitations are temporary and will be removed as soon as flu and viral respiratory illnesses decrease in our community.
 
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