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Flu outbreak requires caution

Healthcare providers are seeing a widespread outbreak of influenza in our communities. We have individuals admitted to our hospital and being treated for the flu. FamilyHealth Medical Clinics and the Emergency Department are seeing many  patients with flu symptoms, which include fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, stuffed-up nose, and body aches, it is important to note Influenza symptoms come on quickly. These symptoms can be severe and put you in bed for several days 

Community members are advised not to visit friends or relatives in the hospital if you have a fever or a cough.

  • 1)   Stay home when ill.
  • 2)   Cover your cough
  • 3)   Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • 4)   Treat symptoms with over the counter medications.
  • 5)   Only individuals at high risk of complications (over age 65, under age 2, pregnant women or those with chronic diseases)  should seek prescribed medication treatment such as antiviral (Tamiflu).

 

 All healthy visitors are reminded to:

  • 1) Clean your hands after arriving and before departing;
  • 2) Use a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze;
  • 3) Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing.

 

It is not too late to be vaccinated for the seasonal flu. Appointments can be made at any of our clinics for a flu vaccination.