Thursday, February 17, 2011
Regional physician's offices are handling expotentially larger numbers of cases of flu types A & B. Some cases of flu are presenting with pneumonia that presents almost simultaneously with the onset of the flu. Due to the rise in flu cases, hospitals are implementing these measures to protect the health and safety of patients and staff members. Restrictions imposed at this time will most likely be monitored to determine how long the restrictions should remain in effect.
Basic guidelines for prevention of the spread of colds, flu, and other illnesses are for individuals to frequently wash their hands with soap and water. Use of hand sanitizers is highly recommended when in a situation where soap and water are not conveniently available. Parents are encouraged by school and daycare personnel to make certain their children remain at home until completely well to help prevent the spread of the flu.