Fairfield Memorial Hospital has seen the first few positive Influenza cases for 2017. Due to the known presence of influenza in the area, FMH has set up Respiratory Hygiene stations at the entrances of the Hospital and Medical Arts Complex. In addition, FMH wants to remind everyone that it is not too late to get the Flu shot as there has been a sharp increase in the United States in the rate of positive Influenza A cases in the last 3 weeks of which H3-type was predominant. The good news is this year’s vaccine covers H3.
“We want to ensure protection of our patients, visitors, and staff. Therefore, we encourage everyone to cover their cough, practice good hand hygiene, and stay home if you are sick or have Influenza symptoms, as these are the best ways to prevent the spread of flu. Influenza symptoms can include fever/chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache, and runny or stuffy nose,” stated Deb Kreig, RN, Infection Preventionist.
It is important to know that antibiotics will not work for influenza, as it is a virus. However, antivirals are available for influenza, but they are most effective if given in the first 48 hours of illness. Therefore, it is vital to seek care early in the illness.
“FMH currently has not limited visitors, but if you are feeling sick or ill consider delaying your visit to someone in the hospital. If you are experiencing flu like symptoms, we encourage you to contact your provider for treatment direction. For those who come into the hospital or clinic to seek medical attention for suspected flu, we ask that you wear a mask to protect others. These are provided for you at the Respiratory Hygiene stations at FMH and the Medical Arts Complex,” stated Katherine Bunting, Ph.D., FMH CEO.