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Flu Fears Ban Kids From Hospital

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Caromont Regional Medical Center is taking a preventative measure against the recent influx of flu cases in North Carolina. Records show that there have been 64 flu-related deaths in the state just this season. The hospital is banning children under the age of 13 from visiting patients because they could be carriers of the illness.

Caromont considers the policy a necessary preventative measure because its primary goal is patient health. Doctor Todd Davis says children often carry flu viruses, but show no symptoms. He's afraid they may be spreading the illness to patients and other visitors.

“We feel the inconvenience to visitation pales to the possibility of having our patients succumb to a virus that has been spread by someone,” Davis said.

This flu restriction policy has been in effect since January and the hospital says there's no set time limit on when the ban will be lifted. They’ll reevaluate the restrictions on a weekly basis. Visitors like Marcia Tate say this ban is inconvenient for her family. Her grandfather is currently in the hospital and her little cousins are unable to visit him.

“We have some cousins that are under the age of twelve that haven't been able to see him. And we don't know this may be the last time we may get to see him. It's been hard for them to not be able to see him,” Tate said.

But viewers like Chuck Royce agree with the restriction and see the importance of it.

“I just think it's for the kids' own safety and everything like that. It's not a bad thing because it's preventing a lot of people from getting it,” he said.

Hospital administrators understand that some families may not have any other option but to bring their children inside. In those situations, they'll handle it case by case.

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