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Oishei Children's Hospital enhances visitation policy due to severe flu season

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Posted at 1:57 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 13:57:38-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Oishei Children's Hospital is temporarily implementing an enhanced visitation policy to prevent the spread of infection during what the hospital is calling a "severe respiratory virus and influenza season."

In order to protect its pediatric patients, the hospital says the following groups of people should not visit the hospital unless they are sick:

  • Adults who are ill
  • Children and teens under the age of 14. Children may be allowed to visit for special circumstances but they must be accompanied by an adult.

Parents and grandparents are exempt from the enhanced visitation policy and can still visit at any time, but they are advised to wear a mask if they are ill.

Between RSV and the flu , Oishei Children's Hospital has seen around 335 admissions this season.

Eleven-year-old Luca Calanni died of complications from the flu on Saturday at Children's Hospital. He is the second child to die from the virus in New York state this month.