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Memorial Medical Minute

The flu season has arrived and it’s hitting us hard.  As reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health, our flu and flu-like illnesses are in the HIGH level.

There are things you can do to help prevent the spread of the flu:

Get the flu shot.  It’s not too late and flu shots are available at many pharmacies and physician offices.

Use proper cough etiquette.  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing.  Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer after coughing, sneezing or touching your eyes, mouth or nose.

Wash your hands before and after caring for the sick.

If you get the flu, the CDC recommends that unless you are seeking medical care, you should try to stay home until you have been without fever for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications.

At MHM the safety and well-being of our patients, residents, visitors and staff is very important to us.  We are taking several steps to help prevent the spread of the flu in our hospital and nursing home. 

If you have symptoms of flu, such as fever, sore throat, runny nose, muscles aches or cough, we ask that you not visit the hospital or manor. 

We ask that you not bring children under 14 unless they need medical care.

Visitors that have symptoms of flu will be asked to wear a mask.

Healthy visitors, please follow all precautions listed at points of entry. 

Cover your cough or sneeze and wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.

Thank you and if you have any questions or if I could be of any assistance please feel free to call, Lee Johnson RN,MSN @ 229-246-3500 ext.  408.