Charlotte-area hospital systems are taking different approaches to their visitors' policies when it comes to the recent flu outbreak.
Officials with Novant Health, which oversees the Presbyterian hospitals in Charlotte, Huntersville and Matthews, said they meet every day to talk about national and local flu data and review their policies.
Right now, they said it is not changing.
"We have identified the fact that it's really important for sick people to be visited by family members," Dr. Charles Bregier with Presbyterian Urgent Care said. "It helps them get better faster."
Bregier said Presbyterian recorded 250 cases of the flu in December 2012 compared to none in December 2011.
He said the have hand sanitizer and masks available.
Effective Thursday, however, Carolinas Healthcare System is restricting kids from under 12 from visiting in an effort to protect patients from the flu.
"They're in schools, they're in close contact with other kids," Kevin McCarthy with CHS said. "So that's a very easy way of transporting illnesses."
Yolanda Logan said she understands, even though it could be hard on her 6-year-old daughter.
"You've got to think of, too, if she got family in here that's sick, she'd probably want to go visit, too," Logan said.
Gaston Memorial Hospital, which has asked kids under 12 to avoid visiting since late December, released new numbers Thursday as well.
It's recorded 167 flu cases but officials said flue cases are popping up less frequently as of late
They believe the outbreak may be moving away from the Carolinas and heading west, with California now seeing its own outbreak.
CHS officials said in just the last week of December 2012, they saw a thousand patients in their emergency rooms with flu-like symptoms.
It's almost three times what they saw in the same week in 2011.