Ardmore hospital limiting newborn visitation

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Mercy Hospital in Ardmore is limiting who can visit newborns due to the spread of flu.

Hospital officials say children under 12 will not be allowed into the labor and delivery center unless they are siblings of the newborn.

Those siblings will be required to have their temperature taken before they are allowed to visit the newborn or the mother.

Mercy discourages anyone with flu symptoms from visiting.

The hospital says it is taking this step to be proactive and protect mothers and babies.

Mercy says it does not plan to expand the restriction beyond the labor and delivery unit, but will continue to keep track of the situation.