In order to protect patients from the flu, new visitor guidelines have been put in place for the Level II Special Care Nursery at the St. Luke's Campus of Mohawk Valley Health System.

Only visitors 12 years old and older may visit at this time.

Hospital officials say babies in the special care nursery are at greater risk of complications from the flu.

The hospital asks that you not visit if you feel ill with any type of upper respiratory problem.

If you have flu-like symptoms and they are severe and persistent you should contact your healthcare provider.

Cases of the flu have hit 54 out of 62 counties in New York and all the boroughs of New York City.