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Visiting the Hospital During Flu Season

Our primary goal at UR Medicine is to provide the best quality of care in an environment that is safe for our patients. To protect them, at times we must manage their exposure to illnesses that are easily spread, like the flu.

We carefully monitor flu activity levels in our hospitals and the community.  When certain thresholds are met, we must take action to halt the spread and limit the number of visitors allowed in our patient areas.

If you are visiting our hospitals during flu season, please be prepared for the possibility of limited visitation:

  • No more than three people with a patient at a time.
  • No one under the age of 14 may visit the hospital.
    Exception: In the Maternity units only, healthy siblings of any age are permitted to visit healthy newborns.
  • If you have a fever, cough, body aches, or a sore throat, please postpone your visit until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours.

We understand this may be challenging and we will keep these rules in place only for as long as necessary when influenza is widespread.

If you are planning a surgery or are delivering a baby during flu season, please talk with your doctor about the current guidelines and any questions about visiting during your stay.

When visitation restrictions are in place, a notice will appear on the URMC homepage.