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Flu Season Hits Full Swing
“If you are sick with it stay home. Do not go out in public, do not go outside because you are highly contagious and all you are going to do is spread your germs to where everybody else can get them,” Schieber said.
To decrease the spread of the virus, the medical center has implemented a strict visitation policy not allowing visitors under the age of 12 and requesting anyone who enters the facility who has not had a flu shot to wear a mask.
“The flu is transmitted via droplet so if you are coughing you don’t realize how much is actually coming out. That is why they want you to wear the mask. It’s keeping you from inhaling those droplets and getting the flu,” Austin said.
In addition, staff is requesting patients who are experiencing flu-like symptoms wear a mask.
“We are asking that all patients that present to the ER for flu like symptoms wear a mask that we are providing. It is to protect others from the germs. We are asking for their cooperation with trying to keep the germ level low,” Schieber said.
If you have avoided the flu so far, the SCKMC staff recommends a few simple tips to decrease your chances of catching it.
“Wash your hands a lot and don’t touch the “T-zone”, your eyes, nose and mouth,” Eiselt said.
The medical center team also says it’s not too late to get your flu shot. Eiselt began providing flu vaccinations to SCKMC staff and volunteers in October, and has given over 200 vaccinations this season.
“If you do get the flu shot you are much less susceptible to getting the flu, and it will lessen the actual effects of the flu if you get it,” Austin said.