What to do if the flu finds you

The flu is ahead of schedule this year and I asked Stephanie Ashworth RN, CIC, Infection Control Director at GVMH, what to do if it should happen to find you.

Here’s what Stephanie had to say:

Most people who get influenza experience mild symptoms that do not require hospitalization, but you still may be sick and need to stay at home for a few days. Be prepared by choosing some Flu Buddies now. Flu Buddies are friends, neighbors and relatives who you can call if you get sick. A Flu Buddy will check on you daily and collect any medications, food and other supplies you may need so that you don’t have to leave home.

Because supplies can become scarce during the height of an influenza outbreak in a community, you may want to prepare for flu season by creating your own Flu Kit.  Having a Flu Kit prepared will also enable you to stay home if you become ill so you will not be infecting others.  A Flu Kit should contain items necessary to treat flu symptoms, provide fluids and nourishment, and cleaners to disinfect the home environment.  A Flu Kit could include: a thermometer, alcohol based hand sanitizer, tissues, pain and fever reducers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, over‐the‐counter medications for colds and flu (Do not give cold and flu medications that contain Aspirin to children under 17 years of age due to the risk of Reye Syndrome), vitamins, throat lozenges, cough drops, fluids for hydration such as water, fruit juice or electrolyte drinks, and household disinfectants such as Lysol or Clorox wipes.  Other items you may want to consider are face masks and disposable gloves.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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