American Family Children’s Hospital to restrict visitors after uptick in flu, RSV activity

MADISON, Wis. — The American Family Children’s Hospital is temporarily restricting visitors due to an uptick in flu and Respiratory Syncytial Virus cases.

Starting Friday, children 12 and under will not be allowed as visitors in the inpatient units. This does not impact clinic appointments on the first and second floors of American Family Children’s Hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Emily Kumlien.

The visitor restrictions also do not impact University Hospital.

The last time visitor restrictions like this were put into place at American Family Children’s Hospital was in 2009 due to H1N1.

The restrictions are in place to protect patients, Kumlien said.

It is unclear when the restrictions will be lifted.

There are currently 25 pediatric patients in isolation as a precaution for respiratory illness.

Between Sept. 1, 2019 and Jan. 22, 2020 there have been 228 pediatric flu cases, seven hospitalizations, six pediatric RSV infections, and five hospitalizations.