Flu Advisory & Temporary Change in Visitation Policy
Due to the recent high number of positive influenza cases and flu-like illnesses reported in the island pediatric population, Nantucket Cottage Hospital is temporarily modifying its visitation policy to restrict individuals 18-years-old and under from visiting hospital inpatients, including those in The Birthplace, until further notice to protect these vulnerable patients.
Patients 18 and under who require medical care themselves are welcome at any time in our physician practices, clinics, lab, and other clinical areas as deemed necessary for their care, including as inpatients themselves. This action is an attempt to limit exposure to those patients already at risk within the hospital.
In addition to taking everyday preventative actions to help stop the spread of flu viruses, including washing your hands frequently, avoiding contact with sick people, and cleaning disinfecting surfaces and objects that could become contaminated, patients should consider flu vaccinations which are still recommended and available by calling your primary care physician.