Flu Prevention Visitor Guidelines in Effect

February 10, 2017

Special visitation guidelines for flu season are temporarily in effect at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital for the safety of our patients, guests and staff. Please help prevent the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses by following these guidelines:

New Age Limits

  • Children 9 years old and younger may not enter patient areas or hospital units. Please arrange for childcare prior to your visit.
  • Children must be at least 10 years old in order to visit siblings in the NICU and provide proof of 2016/2017 flu vaccine.
  • All other NICU visitors must be at least 16 years old and provide proof of recent vaccine.

Proof of Flu Vaccination

  • Anyone 10 or older, including parents, must provide proof of 2016/2017 flu vaccination before entering patient care areas/hospital units.
  • Proof of vaccination is only required once and will remain on file at the security desk throughout the flu season.
  • Please note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend the nasal flu mist as effective prevention for this year’s flu.

Mask Requirements

  • Parents, caregivers and anyone 10 or older who has not or cannot receive the flu vaccine must wear a mask inside patient care areas/hospital units.
  • Masks also must be worn while walking to and from a patient’s room. Please remain in the patient’s room for the duration of your visit if possible. 
  • Masks are available at the security desk for your convenience.
  • Masks may be worn for a maximum of 4 hours, or until they become damp or damaged, and replaced with a new one.

Playrooms and Lounges

  • Playrooms, teen rooms and family lounges are currently for the use of patients and caregivers only.
  • Only healthy individuals should be in the family lounges to avoid exposure.
  • Unvaccinated parents/caregivers with a patient in ‘open bay’ areas in the Outpatient Hematology/Oncology unit must wear a mask at bedside and all common areas (kitchen, nurse’s station, etc).
  • Masks may be removed at bedside if curtains are drawn and/or door is closed.

Hand Hygiene

  • Hand sanitizing and hand washing are the top ways to prevent infections.
  • We ask that you use the sinks and hand sanitizers throughout the unit and in the patient rooms frequently.

 Thank you for helping us maintain a safe, healing environment for the children entrusted to our care.