October 29, 2009


COLUMBIA, Tenn.— As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) has adjusted its visitor policy during flu season in an effort to help prevent the spread of the virus and protect patients.

The medical center is requesting that any individual with a respiratory illness and children ages 15 and younger refrain from visiting a patient or accompanying a patient who is seeking treatment.

According to Roger Anderson, infection prevention and control manager, the reason for the age limitation is the fact that the majority of patients who have presented with flu symptoms in our community were 15 years of age and younger.

The medical center is asking that visitors begin complying with this new policy effective Monday, November 2, but will continue evaluating this action during the course of the flu season.

Anderson recommends that those who believe they have the flu but are otherwise healthy follow the recommended guidelines for treatment, which includes staying home from work or school, drinking plenty of fluids, reducing fever with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

If symptoms are more severe or not responding to these measures, the public is encouraged to contact their primary care physician for further advice. For more information about precautions, treatment, emergency warning signs, and more, visit the MRMC Web site at