In the wake of the current influenza "flu" outbreak, Milford Hospital has decided to take special measures to protect its patients and staff who care for them. Similar to other hospitals in Connecticut and across the country, the hospital is implementing restrictions on visitors to the hospital to help prevent spreading the flu. Effective immediately, the following temporary changes have been made to the visitor policy: Until further notice, only visitors over the age of 18 will be permitted in the hospital unless being treated as a patient. This includes inpatient and outpatient areas. Visitors are limited to immediate adult family members only. Any visitors who are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose or body aches are restricted from visiting Milford Hospital. The Junior Volunteer program has been suspended until further notice, to support the age-restricted policy. Despite extensive public campaigns about preventative measures like immunizations and hand washing, cases of flu-like illnesses are still on the rise. "We realize that these restrictions will impact families already dealing with the difficulty of having a loved one in the hospital, however, we must do what we feel is prudent for the safety and well being of our patients," hospital officials said in a prepared statement.