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DCH Health System Hospitals Issue Flu Advisory


A State Public Health Emergency has been called by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey due to the statewide flu outbreak.

DCH wants to protect our patients, visitors and staff from getting the flu. That’s why we’re asking visitors to follow these guidelines:  

  • Limit visitors to one per patient.

  • If you have flu symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, fever), don’t visit someone at the hospital.

  • Wash your hands often and cover coughs. Masks for visitors will be available at DCH hospitals.

  • Children under 14 should not visit.

  • NICUs on both campuses are limiting visits to parents only. No siblings. No grandparents.

By following these guidelines, you can help us protect our vulnerable patients, our staff and yourself from getting the flu. We appreciate your cooperation.


 Citizens with minor, flu-like symptoms are encouraged to contact their primary care provider for guidance rather than immediately seeking care in the emergency department.

DCH Health System hospitals are not on diversion, and we do not plan to do so.

Alabama Department of Public Health tips to avoid getting and spreading the flu.

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