Visitor Restrictions In Place At Children's Hospital In Detroit

December 13, 2018 - 11:05 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Visitor restrictions are going into place at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit because of the flu season.

A statement says starting Friday, kids aged 12 and under will not be allowed on inpatient hospital floors or in the observation unit. Those 13 and older should stay away if they have a fever, cough or other flu-like symptoms.

"If you think you have the flu, don’t take chances. Stay home," Dr. Curt Stankovic said in a statement. 

The Centers for Disease Control reports influenza activity is increasing across the United States, and the number of confirmed flu cases in Michigan has also risen. Doctors say an average of 20,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized across the country because of flu complications.

Symptoms of the flu include a fever plus one or more of these: cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches and tiredness. Some people with the flu also might have diarrhea or vomiting.