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Help Us Stop The Spread Of Flu

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

With the increased incidences of the flu in our area, we want to share some information with you on ways you can help stop the spread.

There are many ways you can help.

First, be aware of what the flu actually is. The flu is a virus that can cause many different symptoms. You may experience a cough, sore throat, fever, nausea or other symptoms. Because it is a virus, antibiotics will not help. The flu occurs each year in the United States and anyone can get it.

Second, the flu is spread very easily from one person to the next. From coughing/sneezing, to touching something an infected person touched first. Anywhere the virus is present can cause you to get sick.

Third, the flu can be spread before you even realize you’re sick. You can give the virus to someone from1 day before you show symptoms until 5-7 days after your symptoms start.

Now that you know a little bit about the flu, how can you help us stop the spread of the virus to our patients/visitors/employees? Be aware of your symptoms and how you feel and if you feel ill, please stay home. We understand you want to visit with your Veteran, however, we have the best interests of everyone at heart and we want to keep everyone healthy.

As a temporary precaution, Veterans, please contact your doctor for an evaluation if you think you may have the flu. Visitors, we ask that you not come to the hospital if you feel sick, and please contact your health care provider. Employees, if you feel sick, please do not come to work.

The last thing you can do to help stop the spread of the flu? Get vaccinated, it’s not too late!

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