FROM THE DESK OF ROBERT BAILEY BSN, RN
The best way to prevent the flu is to get a yearly flu vaccination. It’s been said that the best defense is a good offense. Hand hygiene is really the number one defense.
The following simple actions can help decrease the spread of the flu:
- AVOID CLOSE CONTACT: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK: When you are sick or have flu symptoms, stay home, get plenty of rest, and check with a health care provider as needed.
- COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE: Always cover your cough or sneeze using your elbow. It may help prevent those around you from getting sick.
- WASH YOUR HANDS!! Washing your hands often will help protect you and others from germs. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used
- 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.
All staff, family and visitor must remember the importance of personal hand hygiene. Also it is very important to remind and assist residents with hand hygiene.
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