UM Charles Regional Medical Center Updates Visitation Policy in Response to Severe Flu Season

Protecting You from the Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported significantly increased activity of the seasonal influenza across the country in recent weeks. As a result, we are taking the necessary steps to limit the spread of this debilitating illness at our hospital.

For the safety of our patients, visitors and staff this flu season, we’ve temporarily updated our visitation policies to help prevent the spread of germs. Please review the below information before planning your visit to UM Charles Regional Medical Center.

What You Need to Know About the Updated Visitation Policy

To better protect everyone at risk of contracting the seasonal flu and other illnesses, we have implemented the following guidelines for visitation.

  • Visitors must be free of flu-like symptoms
  • Only two (2) visitors per patient admitted at a time
  • Visitors under the age of 18 will not be permitted
  • Spouses/significant others are exempt from limited visiting hours

Updated Visiting Hours

During this time, we’ve also revised our visiting hours for the entire hospital to 12pm-2pm and 6pm-8pm daily.

Not feeling well? We ask that you do not plan a patient visit at this time. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us care for you and your family.

If you have any questions about this temporary visitation policy, please contact us at (301) 609-4000 or by submitting a contact form on our website.

There’s Still Time to Get Your Flu Shot

If you’ve yet to receive the seasonal flu vaccine, it’s not too late. The seasonal flu’s “peak season” often continues through March, and a flu shot can help prevent sickness for you and those around you.
Most major insurance plans cover the costs of getting vaccinated, but the Charles County Department of Health also offers free walk-in flu shots from 8am-5pm daily or by appointment when you call (301) 609-6799.

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