Visitation restricted at Georgia hospital system

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Officials at an eastern Georgia hospital say they’re restricting patient visits to try preventing the flu from spreading.

Representatives at Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta said Monday that friends and relatives under the age of 12 are being restricted from visiting patients.

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at the Georgia Regents Medical Center, Dr. Kevin Dellsperger, says the facility has an obligation to protect those who are vulnerable to influenza from potentially being exposed to it.

Dellsperger says one of the best ways to prevent the flu from spreading is for those who are infected to stay home and recover. Aside from limiting exposure, Dellsperger says people should wash their hands frequently and get a flu shot. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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