Tue., October 27, 2009 11:07am (EDT)

Hospitals Ban Young Visitors
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 5 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense
photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense
Starting next week five Middle Georgia hospitals will no longer allow children under the age of seventeen to visit patients in the hospital. The move comes as health care providers try to limit the spread of the swine flu virus.

Other hospitals across the state and country have imposed similar bans. The hospitals, in Macon, Warner Robins, and Perry say they worked together to create a uniform policy following the presidential declaration of a national emergency. That declaration gave hospitals the leeway to revise their policies on who can visit.

Health officials say children are more likely to contract and get sick from the swine flu virus.