Northern Hospital Seeing Increase In Flu Activity

12/12/2012

Northern Hospital of Surry County is experiencing an increase in the number of influenza (flu) cases that are being seen in the outpatient clinics, the Emergency Department and in the hospital. 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity is increasing nationwide.  Because of this, infection control measures are of upmost importance:

 

• It is strongly advised that you do not visit patients in the hospital or the Skilled Nursing Facility at the current time due to the increase in patients with influenza.
• Because of the increased number of patients that are seeking care in our Emergency Department it is recommended that patients who are not experiencing an emergency, but are seeking treatment for influenza like illness to please visit an urgent care center or their primary care physician’s office.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Sneeze into the bend of your arm or a tissue, not into your hands
• If you are sick, stay home as much as possible except to get medical care
• If you are seeking treatment at the hospital, please wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms.  Masks are located at all entrances to the hospital.
• If you have not received your flu vaccine, please obtain one as soon as possible since it takes up to two weeks after getting vaccinated for the immunity to kick in.

 

If you need more information about influenza, you may check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.flu.gov.

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