Seasonal Flu Resources

Seasonal influenza (the flu) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. The flu can cause moderate to severe illness, and at times even lead to hospitalization or death. The flu is contagious, meaning it spreads from person to person by coughing, sneezing or talking. Children, especially those with chronic medical problems, are particularly at risk for complications from the flu.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital recommends everyone 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine every year to reduce the chance of becoming sick from the flu. Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect your children, yourself and everyone around you. The experts at Nationwide Children’s are here to help you understand the facts about seasonal flu.

Visitor Restrictions Are In Effect

To protect our patients during viral season, it is necessary to restrict inpatient visitors in all intensive care units, all neonatal units, H4A, H8A and Hematology/Oncology.

Beginning Monday, November 26 (through approximately mid-March), all visitors to these units must be healthy and 12 years of age and older. This includes siblings.

  • Patients/parents in these units will be asked to identify up to four additional people, 12 years of age and older, they wish to visit during their stay.
  • The four names given will be listed in the patient’s medical record. Only visitors with their name listed will be able to visit the patient for the duration of visitor restrictions.
Hand washing is the easiest and number one way to protect the ones you love from infection all year, but particularly during viral and flu season.

Visitor Restrictions During Flu Season

Learn more about visitor restrictions during the peak viral season.

All Nationwide Children's Hospital employees are required to get the annual flu vaccine.

Steps You Can Take to Help Keep Yourself and Your Family From Getting Sick

Good hand washing is key to preventing the spread of germs.

  • Wash for at least 15 seconds with soap and water.
  • Turn the faucet off with a paper towel.
  • Alcohol-based hand rub is also effective.
  • Wash your hands often throughout the day.
  • Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, after you cough or sneeze, and before eating.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Give your immune system a boost by:

  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Getting plenty of exercise
  • Eating healthy foods
  • Drinking plenty of fluids

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