To protect the health of Holy Name Medical Center's patients, visitors, employees and their families during this flu season, people suffering with flu-like symptoms are encouraged to follow these suggestions before visiting Holy Name Medical Center:
Anyone planning on visiting Holy Name Medical Center should be free of flu-like symptoms. This includes a fever, body aches, tiredness, cough and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children).
If you have a non-emergent outpatient service scheduled and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please reschedule your appointment.
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose. Most healthy adults may be able to give the flu to others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after becoming sick.
That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
To protect your family's health:
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. You can also use alcohol-based hand cleaners.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
We thank you for your cooperation and apologize for the inconvenience.