October 15th, 2009

Great River Medical Center has changed its visiting policy to address the increase in seasonal and H1N1 influenza in the area.

General visiting guidelines

  • Children and young adults are at high risk for getting and spreading flu. Therefore, those who are 24 and younger are not allowed to visit patients.
  • If you think you have the flu, do not visit patients. You may have the flu if you have fever or chills, a cough or sore throat, a runny nose, body aches, a headache, tiredness, diarrhea or vomiting.

Emergency Department

Visitors will be restricted. Patients who have flu-like symptoms will be asked to wear masks to protect others in treatment and waiting areas.

Obstetrics Unit

  • Spouses or partners, grandparents and healthy siblings of the baby may visit. Siblings must be free from all flu symptoms for 48 hours before visiting.
  • No other visitors will be allowed

Pediatrics Unit

If a patient is in isolation for any reason, visitors will be limited to parents and grandparents.

Klein Center

Visitors are not allowed at Great River Klein Center, with the exception of some elders' spouses.


These changes follow guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Iowa Department of Public Health. If you have any questions, please talk to a nursing supervisor.

For more information about influenza, visit www.flu.gov, or call (800) CDC-INFO (232-4636).