Upper Chesapeake Health, owner of Harford County's two hospitals, is offering a flu vaccination clinic Saturday and restricting its visitation policy in order to protect its patients and to help control the spread of the flu this season.

Effective Jan. 14, the visitation policy for Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace is:

• No visitors who are sick;

• No visitors younger than 12 years of age;

• No more than two visitors at one time per patient;

• New visitation hours are noon to 8 p.m.

"As many of our patients are at high risk for development of serious flu complications, it is our responsibility to protect them from acquiring influenza while hospitalized." said Dr. Faheem Younus, Medical Director, Healthcare Epidemiology & Infection Prevention for Upper Chesapeake Health. "In addition to vaccination, hand hygiene and cough etiquette, staying home and away from people at risk when you have been exposed to or have symptoms of the flu - are important ways to limit transmission."

Additionally, Upper Chesapeake Health is holding a Flu Clinic at Harford Mall this Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside Harford Mall near the Yankee Candle store in the middle of the mall. The cost is $20 per vaccination and both flu mist and flu shots will be available in limited quantities.

Children, six months old and older, and adults can be vaccinated.

For more information, call HealthLink at ext. 4257 or 1-800-515-0044

Established in 1984, Upper Chesapeake Health is a not-for-profit health organization based in Harford County. The organization owns and operates Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, Harford Memorial Hospital and Upper Chesapeake Foundation. It is also affiliated with the University of Maryland Medical System. One of the largest private employers in Harford County, Upper Chesapeake employs almost 3,000 team members. Visit http://www.uchs.org to learn more.