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Children’s of Alabama Implements Its Seasonal Visitation Policy During Upcoming Respiratory Illness Season

BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama will implement its seasonal visitation policy for its inpatient units during respiratory illness season beginning Oct. 1 and running through April 1, 2020.

Beginning Oct. 1, visitors to any of the hospital’s inpatient units must be at least 12 years of age and symptom-free to visit.

“We are taking this action for the benefit of our patients during respiratory illness season,” said Delphene Hobby-Noland, director of Infection Control at Children’s. “We are literately talking life and death in some cases, and the well-being of the children in our care is our highest priority.

“That’s why we’re asking parents and other visitors to make plans to have siblings and other children safely stay with another adult while they are visiting Children’s or staying with their children in the hospital.”

With a few exceptions, Children’s allows visitation daily from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m. All visitors must register and wear hospital-issued identification before visiting any area. As always, any visitor experiencing the following symptoms are asked to postpone their visit:

  • fever in the last 24 hours
  • runny nose
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • been exposed to anyone with flu like symptoms

View our full visitation policy

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 3.5 million square feet, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. More information is available at