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Visitor Restrictions During Flu Season

The flu season is here and we must protect women who are pregnant, new moms and babies from a flu infection. They can easily get sick from contact with visitors, friends and family members who may only have mild flu symptoms. 

For the Safety of Our Patients, Visitors and Staff

During flu season, UChicago Medicine makes temporary changes to our visitor policy.

Starting Dec. 27, 2017, children under age 12 and any visitor with the following symptoms ARE NOT ALLOWED to visit patients in the hospital. 

Flu symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion

Young children often do not show flu symptoms. They may not know they have the flu and can easily pass it on to others. We know this may be hard on you and your family, but this is for health and safety of all our patients, staff and visitors. 

Read more about UChicago Medicine's precautions to help protect our patients from flu infection. For more information, call the flu hotline at (773) 834-4385.

We also suggest the following to help protect pregnant women, new moms and babies:

  • All pregnant women should get a flu vaccine.
  • All family members and caregivers of babies should get a flu vaccine.
  • Wash your hands right before coming into contact with a mom-to-be or a newborn.

Read more information on flu vaccines and the Family Flu Clinic or call (773) 702-6169.