Visiting Guidelines for Flu Season

Children's National is taking additional precautions during this time of increased flu activity to ensure the safest environment for our patients and families. We declared flu season at Children’s National last week, and due to the volume of cases, the following updated guidelines are effective starting January 4, 2017, until further notice:

  • Visitors ages 10 and under are not permitted to visit a patient or allowed in inpatient areas. Children’s National does not offer or provide services to care for siblings or other visitors, so families are encouraged to plan ahead.  Exceptions can be made; please speak with your child's provider.
  • No more than two adults are permitted along with the child in inpatient areas. Those two adults can be parents, guardians, or designated family caregivers.
  • All visitors to inpatient areas will be screened for flu symptoms:
    • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
    • Stuffy or runny nose
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Muscle pains
    • Extreme tiredness
    • Vomiting or diarrhea (more common in children than adults)
  • If a parent has been sick with a fever along with a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, or muscle aches in the last 7 days, they cannot enter an inpatient area.
  • If a parent is sick but must accompany a child, the parent will be required to wear a mask at all times. 

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