ROME, Ga. – Several hospitals across the U.S. have implemented visitation restrictions in light of the deadly flu virus sweeping the nation.

So far, three north Georgia hospitals have implemented this restriction.

Redmond Regional in Rome, Georgia stated: "due to the increase in influenza cases both nationwide and in the Rome-Floyd County area, Redmond Regional Medical Center will be restricting visitors who are experiencing flu-like symptoms from visiting patients.”

This means no visitors with flu-like symptoms, children under the age of 13, and visitors other than immediate family or significant others defined by the patient are allowed to visit during the restricted period.

This restriction has been put in place to help protect patients and the staff from the spread of the flu.

Two other medical centers who are implementing the restriction include Floyd Medical Center and Polk Medical Center, both in Rome.