Hospitals Take Steps to Protect Patients and Families from the Flu

Madison, Wisconsin - To protect hospitalized patients and their family members from exposure to the flu, UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital are taking steps to minimize potential spread of the virus and limit the number of people who enter the hospitals.


According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people with influenza may be infectious for up to 24 hours prior and up to seven days after the appearance of symptoms. To err on the side of caution, the hospital has implemented the following restrictions:

  • For patients with suspected or confirmed influenza, visitation is limited to one designated person who must wear appropriate isolation gear while in the patient's room. Isolation gear is determined by recommendations from the CDC for respiratory infections. 
  • For respiratory illness of undetermined cause, please follow all precautions listed on the isolation signs posted at the room entry.

As a reminder, people with the flu - or any illness - should not visit patients in the hospital.


We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of visitors and volunteers as we implement these practices to protect the safety of our patients.

Date Published: 01/15/2013

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