Visiting Guidelines for Flu Season

For the Protection of Our Patients

Children's National is taking additional precautions during flu season to protect our patients. We currently have special policies in effect about our visitation to inpatient units, including:

  • Visitors ages 10 and under are not permitted to visit a patient or allowed in inpatient areas. Children’s National does not offer / provide services to care for siblings or other visitors, so families are encouraged to plan ahead.  
  • 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 (see list below).
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Why do I see employees wearing a mask?
At Children’s National, the quality and safety of patient care is our first priority. Many research studies have shown that vaccinating healthcare providers against the influenza virus is an effective way to prevent the spread of flu among patients and staff. Therefore, all of our employees have been asked to receive their vaccine in a timely manner. For many different reasons, we have staff who cannot receive the vaccine. For the protection of our patients and visitors, we require these employees to wear a mask when they come to work to prevent the possibility of spreading flu.

Should I come to visit if I don’t feel well?
Prior to your visit, we ask that you notify your child’s healthcare team if you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms within the past 5 days:

  • Fever (≥100°F or feeling feverish but no temperature taken)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches, chills, and fatigue
  • Rash or other skin infections
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

If you have answered “yes” to one or more of these symptoms, we would suggest you do not visit until you have fully recovered. This is in the best interest of the patient you plan to visit and to help us fight the spread of infections in the hospital.

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