Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington said that as of Thursday, it would limit hospital visitations by people younger than 18 to help prevent the spread of flu.
Central Baptist is asking that individuals younger than 18 refrain from visiting the maternity and pediatric areas of the hospital. Other parts of the hospital will remain open to those younger than 18.
Hospital leaders also said generally that anyone who has a cough, fever or other flu-like symptoms should not visit the hospital. The restrictions are temporary and will be lifted once the flu threat subsides, hospital officials said.
Meanwhile, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center at Danville said Thursday that it also is asking those under age 18 not to visit the hospital. Also, only one visitor per patient is being allowed.
The same policies apply at Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital at Stanford.
In addition, both hospitals say that people seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms should wear surgical masks while they are inside either facility. Masks will be provided in registration areas.
The steps are intended to help slow the spread of the H1N1 flu virus.
Other hospitals in the area are adopting similar visitation rules for those younger than 18, which is the segment of the population most likely to be infected by the H1N1 flu virus.