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Area hospitals adopt new youth visitation policies

Press Release

COLUMBUS, GA - With H1N1 influenza circulating in the community and primarily affecting young people, along with the onset of seasonal flu, local hospitals have joined together to implement new youth visitation policies for the protection of patients and visitors to their facilities.

Effective Monday, Sept. 14, visitors to the following hospitals must be 19 years of age or older to visit any area of the facilities:
*     Doctors Hospital in Columbus
*     Hughston Hospital in Columbus
*     Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital in Phenix City
*     The Medical Center in Columbus
*     St. Francis Hospital in Columbus

The new youth visitation policy will remain in effect throughout the current flu season, or until further notice.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the West Central Health District, most cases of flu-like illness are occurring in children and young adults, with the majority occurring in elementary and middle-school aged children. Area hospitals are working in collaboration with the West Central Health District to minimize the risk of exposure to influenza in their facilities.

The hospitals have designated direct telephone lines for those with questions or who need additional information:

Doctors Hospital in Columbus - (706) 494-4900
Hughston Hospital in Columbus - (706) 494-2430
Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital in Phenix City - (334) 732-3013
The Medical Center in Columbus - (706) 660-6129
St. Francis Hospital in Columbus - (706) 243-6585

Hospital officials express their appreciation to the community for their understanding and cooperation with these efforts to minimize exposure during this active flu season. They also encourage adults throughout the community to consult with their personal physicians about obtaining a seasonal flu shot as soon as possible.

Source: West Central Health District

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