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Flu & Flu Policy

To reduce the risk to uninfected patients, University of Michigan has implemented the following visitor restrictions and other safeguards:
  • People with flu-like symptoms should not visit loved ones who are hospitalized at U-M’s University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the U-M Cardiovascular Center and the Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.
  • People with flu-like symptoms should not come to their loved ones’ outpatient appointments at U-M clinics and health centers, or come with them to the emergency room, if at all possible.
  • Anyone with flu-like symptoms -- whether they are a patient or a visitor who absolutely needs to come -- must wear a mask while they are at any Michigan Medicine facility. Masks are available at entrance desks.
  • In keeping with year-round policy, no children under the age of 12 will be allowed to visit any U-M hospital patient who has suspected or confirmed flu, or other conditions that cause staff to place them in a kind of protective status called "droplet precautions."
  • Exceptions to these restrictions can be granted by the patient's care team.
University of Michigan staff who have contact with patients must either have been vaccinated against the flu, or must wear a mask when they are with patients. If they develop symptoms, staff members must stay home until 24 hours after their fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and they have a controlled cough and respiratory symptoms.

For more information on flu and the flu vaccine, including a "Flu Vaccine Finder" that can help you find a vaccination location near you, visit

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Smoking Policy

We are a smoke-free environment indoors and outside in the interest of our patients, families, visitors and staff. Information about our Smoking Policy -- including a map of the outdoor smoke-free areas -- is available online or at any Information Desk.

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