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Valdosta hospital follows visitation policy strictly

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - South Georgia Medical Center is cracking down on children visiting the hospital.

Because of concerns over swine flu, many hospitals are implementing visitation policies that restrict children under the age of 12. 

South Georgia Medical Center has had a policy in place for years. They started enforcing it more strictly in June because children are more susceptible to the H1N1 virus. 

"Emerging diseases and things have come up now that we really haven't had to deal with in the past," said Laura Love, SGMC Community Relations Director.  "For example, the MRSA virus and H1N1, we really though it was a good time to take a proactive look at our policy."

In some instances, children may be allowed to visit patients. Nurses are allowed to use their discretion.

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