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Carolinas HealthCare revises visitation policy due to flu

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Carolilnas HealthCare System has announced it is revising its visitation policy due to the growing prevalence of flu cases in the region.

Effective Thursday, January 10, visitors under the age of 12 at all of the Greater Charlotte area in-patient hospitals will have tighter restrictions.

Previously, restrictions for children under 12 applied only to neonatal and pediatric intensive care units.

Hospitals affected by the tighter visitation policy are:  Carolinas Medical Center, Levine Children's Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, Carolinas Medical Center-Union, Carolinas Medical Center-University, Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, Carolinas Medical Center-Randolph, Carolinas Rehabilitation, Carolinas Rehabilitation-Mercy, and Carolinas Rehabilitation-Mount Holly.

Also, Carolinas HealthCare System is asking individuals of all ages who are experiencing flu-like symptoms to help control the spread of the illness by not visiting patients in the hospital.

Symptoms include: fever, headaches/body aches/pain, cough or sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

If extraordinary circumstances require an individual with flu-like symptoms to visit a hospital patient, the visitor will be asked to wear a surgical mask to protect themselves and others, officials said.

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