GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – The Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital today put into effect a voluntary restriction for visitors under 18 years of age. That voluntary restriction affects only pediatric visitors for patients in the Children’s Hospital, not for patients at GHS’ other hospitals.
“We needed to take this step because of increasing levels of respiratory viruses and influenza in our community,” said Robin LaCroix, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital and the vice chair of quality for the Department of Pediatrics. “People can be contagious with flu or respiratory viruses for 24 to 36 hours before those first tell-tale signs actually appear so it was important that we take this step as a way to limit possible exposures to illnesses circulating in the community. We appreciate everyone’s help as we strive to protect the vulnerable populations at Children’s Hospital.”
Any visitors who are already showing signs of flu or cold are asked to get well before visiting hospitalized friends and relatives. LaCroix urged anyone who has not already gotten their flu vaccine to have that done.
There have been three flu-related deaths in South Carolina this season.