Administrators and medical professionals at The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) are encouraging all area residents and hospital visitors to practice Flu prevention basics to help combat the spread of the virus.
The CT Department of Public is currently reporting widespread FLU throughout the state. At this time, CHH is requesting that anyone with FLU symptoms such as fever, chills, sore throat, cough, body aches or a runny nose PLEASE DO NOT visit hospital patients. Visitors with any of these symptoms may be asked to wear a mask.
The FLU can be a serious disease and is highly contagious. According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC), each year in the United States, on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and over 36,000 people die from seasonal flu complications.
“In addition to being vaccinated, frequent hand washing remains one of the best ways people can control the spread of the Flu and other illnesses. If you or a family member develops Flu symptoms, contact your healthcare provider early on to seek treatment.” Said Jennifer Allis-Vazquez, MSN, RN, CHH Infection Control and Prevention Coordinator. It is also recommended that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to seek medical care or for other necessities.
To prevent the spread of the FLU, the CDC urges everyone to follow these tips to protect yourself and others:
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- If sick, limit your contact with others and stay home when possible
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Clean your hands often with soap and water or with waterless hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Get plenty of sleep, drink water, eat healthy foods, and exercise
CHH has developed an emergency response plan to address any substantial increase in FLU cases in the Torrington area. As part of this plan, CHH may take additional steps, if necessary, such as limiting visitors who have FLU symptoms in order to protect patients and staff.
It’s not too late to get vaccinated. An annual flu vaccine is the first step in protecting against seasonal influenza. Vaccines are available at local pharmacies, grocery stores and physician offices.
Helpful Flu Websites & Phone Numbers
TAHD – www.tahd.org – 860 489-0436
CT Public Health Dept – www.ct.gov/ct – 211
Center For Disease Control – www.cdc.gov – 800-232-4636