It's Flu Season

Our highest priority is the health and safety of our patients and residents, their families, our staff and the community. That's why we're temporarily limiting visitation during this particularly active flu season. We apologize for any inconvenience as we put in place the following restrictions to help reduce the spread of flu:

  • The flu spreads particularly easy among young children so we are being cautious by restricting visitors under 18 years old
  • Only a maximum of two people over the age of 18 will be permitted to visit at any one time
  • If you are coughing, congested or sneezing, please put off visiting a patient until you're well. If your visit is important for the well-being of the person you are visiting, we'll need you to wear a mask to protect others from infection.
  • Patients who are receiving flu care while in isolation will be limited to receiving only those visitors who are important to their well-being

Need A Physician? If you do experience flu-like symptoms, consult your doctor early on determine the best course of treatment. If you need a physician, Resurrection Medical Group offers convenient locations with same or next day appointments.

What To Do ... To Prevent the Flu

In addition to getting a flu shot, you can also protect yourself from the flu with these steps suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • Clean your hands. Wash your hands often to help protect you from germs. Use soap and warm water for 15 to 20 seconds. If in a public washroom, dry your hands before shutting off the water and use your towel to turn off the tap. If using a hand dryer, turn it on with your elbow. If soap and water aren't available, use alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Avoid work, school, and errands when you are sick to help protect others from catching your illness.
  • Frequently clean common surfaces such as doorknobs, phones, water faucets and the refrigerator door.
  • Don't share things that go into the mouth, such as straws and drinking cups.
  • Stay healthy! Good habits such as getting plenty of sleep, engaging in physical activity, managing stress, drinking water to stay hydrated, and eating healthy food will help you avoid getting sick during flu season and all year long.

Flu symptoms can include:

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • Muscle aches
  • Dry cough
  • Chills
  • Gastro-intestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (much more common in children)

What To Do... If You Get the Flu

The CDC indicates most healthy people recover from the flu without complications. For those that do become ill, treatments are most effective if begun within two days of the onset of symptoms. The symptoms of seasonal flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue and in some cases, gastro-intestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

If you get the flu, the CDC recommends that you:

  • Stay home from work or school, and avoid contact with others as much as possible for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care
  • Get lots of rest, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid using alcohol or tobacco.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it and wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to stop the spread of germs.
  • Take over-the-counter medications to relieve the symptoms of the flu (but never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, particularly fever).
  • Remember that serious illness from the flu is more likely in certain groups of people including people 65 and older, pregnant women, people with certain chronic medical conditions and young children.
  • Be aware of emergency warning signs below that require urgent medical attention.

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care:

In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

In adults, emergency wanring signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Learn more about your local Resurrection Emergency Department:

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