Morehead Takes Flu Prevention Measures

(Eden, NC) – Morehead Memorial Hospital has seen an increasing rise in patients with flu symptoms both in the hospital, at Morehead Memorial Nursing Center and at our practices. To protect patients, the hospital is asking that children under the age of 12, and anyone who is feeling ill, refrain from visiting patients.

“This is the second time this winter that we’ve noted an uptick in flu,” says Infection Preventionist Susan Bullock, RN. “Since we often care for people with weakened immune systems, we strongly recommend restricted visitation for their safety,” she adds.

Children, and anyone who is not feeling well, should consider texting, facetiming or phoning their loved ones who are hospitalized.

Flu is spread by coughing or sneezing. People can become infected by droplets in the air that contain the virus or by touching surfaces containing the virus then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Washing your hands frequently is one way to protect yourself against the flu, but the best prevention is getting a flu vaccine. If you do become sick, staying home prevents the spread of the illness.

Flu vaccines are usually available at health care providers’ offices and at Morehead Urgent Care West, the Department of Public Health and at most pharmacies.

Morehead Memorial Hospital News Release  •  February 13, 2017  •  M. Barnhardt, Director of Marketing and Public Relations


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