MAHC Asks Visitors To Their Sites To Take Measures To Reduce The Spread Of The Flu
The Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare says keeping your loved ones healthy during their hospital stay is their priority, but you can also play a role if you are planning to visit the hospital.
The MAHC say that if you’re visiting a friend or family member or if you’re coming in for an outpatient test or procedure, it’s important to follow basic infection prevention principles – especially during flu season.
First and foremost, the MAHC say you should get the flu shot from your family doctor or local pharmacy.
Although most experts believe that influenza is most frequently spread by droplets, good hand hygiene can prevent up to 50% of influenza.
Patients in the hospital are at a higher risk of exposure to illness, so to keep others safe it is always better not to visit patients in the hospital if you are feeling unwell. If you have flu-like symptoms like fever/chills, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, nausea and/or vomiting or diarrhea, it is especially important to stay home, avoid others and rest.
The MAHC ask that you use the hand sanitizing stations inside the entrances to each of their sites to clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Be sure to put on a mask if you have a new or worsening cough and wear it at all times in the building if you must attend the hospital.