Statement from Mike Gutzeit, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin:
“To help prevent the spread of the influenza virus and other viral illnesses, and to protect the health of our patients, families and staff, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is implementing an annual temporary visitor restriction at both our Milwaukee and Fox Valley hospitals (as well as the Surgicenter).
Effective Jan. 9, no child under the age of 12 will be allowed to visit in any inpatient care area. This policy does NOT include clinic appointments or Emergency Department visits.
Flu season has begun in Wisconsin and we want to implement this restriction in advance of any increase of viral illnesses in our community. Limiting visitors to our hospitalized patients will help keep them safe while they’re in our care.
PLEASE NOTE: This restriction only applies to visitors. Families with children under the age of 12 may still seek medical attention in one of our clinics, Urgent Care locations or Emergency Department.
While we understand and appreciate the inconvenience this may cause some families, patient safety is our primary goal.
This restriction will be assessed regularly to determine how long it will be in place. Updates will be provided at chw.org/restriction.
It is still not too late to get vaccinated. Getting the vaccine is still one of the best ways to prevent the illness and reduce its severity. It’s also important to wash hands regularly and thoroughly, and stay home if showing any flu symptoms.”
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