Flu-related changes to visitor policy

January 9, 2014

The University of Chicago Medicine has temporarily changed its visitors policy due to increasing reports of severe illness related to influenza throughout Illinois. While we understand this may create hardship for some, these steps are necessary to help keep patients, visitors and our staff safe.

Based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our changes to the visitor policy include the following:

  • Children under the age of 12 cannot visit hospitalized patients or wait in the playroom in the University of Chicago Medicine’s Comer Children’s Hospital. This is because some children may have influenza but not exhibit classic symptoms.
  • Visitors are advised not to bring children to clinic visits unless the children are coming as patients because children could be exposed to another patient who has the flu.
  • Visitors with any of the following symptoms cannot visit hospitalized patients:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Sore Throat
    • Runny Nose
    • Nasal Congestion
  • Patients and visitors experiencing any of the above symptoms must wear a mask while going to clinic app

These temporary changes are important to prevent the spread of the flu. The cooperation of our patients, visitors and our staff is appreciated.