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Flu season won't keep Santa from Oklahoma children's hospital

NewsOK, December 18, 2009

Santa Claus is still coming to town. Or in this case, he's still scheduled to make his Christmas visit to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Typically, business groups, church groups, organizations, and individuals make a point to visit the children this time of year. However, because of the seasonal flu, and especially the H1N1 virus, The Children's Hospital currently has a Level 2 visitation policy, said Debbie Parris, a nursing director at the hospital. So, visitation is restricted to those 12 years and older and two visitors per patient in a room at a time. But Santa is still scheduled to make his annual visit. "Probably the one thing that hasn't changed this year—we are assured that Santa is coming Christmas morning," said Whitney Moore, a child life specialist at Children's. "He's making his stop and he said he's taking good care of himself to stay well."