A hospital system based in Augusta, Georgia has implemented an age minimum for visitors wishing to see patients in its facilities.
Georgia Health Sciences Health System officials announced Wednesday that visitation has been restricted to friends and family over the age of 17.
In a release, hospital officials cite a rise in flu cases among school-aged children as a reason behind the age restriction.
Anyone over the age of 17 who has flu-like symptoms is also asked to refrain from visiting hospital patients.
The Georgia Health Sciences Health System is a nonprofit corporation that manages a 478-bed medical center, a critical care center, a children's medical center and over 80 other outpatient practice facilities.