The hospitals seek to limit patients' exposure to the flu during the outbreak.
With a flu epidemic affecting much of the country, local hospitals are hoping to protect their patients by keeping visits to a minimum. Mount Auburn Hospital website is limiting people who can visit the post-partum unit (mothers and babies) to help limit the spread of the flu virus: Influenza Illness Screening Tool It is routine policy to restrict visitors to Post-Partum (Mother Baby Unit) who have symptoms of communicable disease. Given the current outbreak of influenza in the community, ALL visitors shall be actively screened for the presence of influenza like illness. If any of the symptoms below are present (or were present within the last 24 hours), that person should not be allowed to visit N5/ST5. Similar restrictions have been …
Hand washing is one of the ways to keep kids healthy.
The following information is from the Red Cross: Health officials are reporting widespread influenza outbreaks in 47 of 50 states, up from just a week ago. One age group hit particularly hard is children, and the American Red Cross has some steps parents can teach their kids to help them avoid getting sick. WASHING HANDS Kids have a way of picking up colds and other illnesses. Parents should teach children proper hand washing techniques and how to correctly cover coughs or sneezes. Wash hands withsoap and warm water. When using soap and water: If using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer: SAFETY STEPS The most important thing parents can do is get children six months of age or oldera flu vaccine as recommended by the Centers for Disease …
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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- John Ness
Friday, December 14, 2012
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the Watertown area than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. Overall in Massachusetts, activity is considered high now, while it was considered moderate at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in and near Watertown that offer the vaccine: More locations According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states—Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee—are reporting flu rates not normally seen until January, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The flu season normally …