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Blessing Hospital asks visitors to stay home if they have flu symptoms

8 months, 4 weeks ago by Bryan Nichols

Officials warn that the illness could be fatal to patients

Members of the public feeling flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and sore throat are asked to avoid visiting hospitalized patients.

“The best thing you can do for a friend or a loved one in the hospital, and yourself, is stay away from visiting them if you have reason to believe you have the flu,” said Carleen Orton, RN, BSN, CIC, Infection Control Coordinator, Blessing Corporate Services.

“For someone whose immune system is already weakened enough to be hospitalized, the flu can be fatal,” she continued. 

Orton reports that since January 1, Blessing has cared for 23 inpatients with suspected or confirmed influenza. Influenza testing results on both inpatients and outpatients included 32 persons positive for influenza A and four for Influenza B. The majority of those occurred between January 1 and January 7.  

Aside from getting the flu vaccine, following are tips to reduce the risk of spreading the flu or other respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cough into your arm or shoulder
  • If you use a tissue when coughing or sneezing-immediately dispose of it in a waste receptacle and wash/clean your hands.

Hand washing stations are located throughout Blessing Hospital for the use of visitors, as are respiratory hygiene stations with tissues and disposable masks for the use of visitors.

Ninety-six percent of the Blessing Hospital staff received the flu vaccine.  Those who medically could not receive it, or chose not to receive it, wear masks when working during widespread flu outbreaks.


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