Effective immediately, Southeastern Med will restrict visitation in an effort to prevent the spread of influenza.

No one under the age of 18 is permitted in the hospital unless the person is there for treatment. Visitors are limited to a patient’s immediate family and support personnel with a maximum of two visitors per patient at a time. No one who has a respiratory illness or a fever is permitted into the hospital unless the person is there for treatment.

“We appreciate the community’s cooperation as we implement visitor restrictions to prevent the spread of the flu,” said Chelsea Townsend, BSN RN, Infection Prevention Assistant at Southeastern Med. “We apologize for the inconvenience that the visitor restrictions may cause to family members and friends, but this measure is a necessary precaution to protect patients and the rest of the community.”

Aside from visitor restrictions, Southeastern Med is also encouraging all visitors to wash their hands or use the hand sanitizer – located at all facility entrances, elevators and patient rooms – before and after a visit. Masks are also available for visitor protection at the hospital entrance or from hospital staff upon request.

For more information on the flu, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/.