October 01, 2009
Download a Free Mendy's Place Hand Washing Poster as a Reminder
Washing your hands is the best way to prevent the spread of flu and other viruses. Use soap and water and scrub for about as long as it takes to sing the ABCs. Sneeze or cough into your elbow or a tissue and don't touch your face. Hand sanitizers are effective, too.
"Hand hygiene is the most important thing," said Betty Rogers, RN, CIC, director of John C. Lincoln's Network Infection Prevention. "People get viruses on their hands when touching surfaces and then rub their eyes and introduce the virus into the mucus membrane."
Download a Mendy's Place Poster
These posters are available in PDF format, which requires free Adobe Reader software. Download Adobe Reader.
Mendy, the spokesdog of Mendy's Place, the 24/7 children's emergency center at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital, has a free poster in English and Spanish to remind children to wash their hands.
The symptoms of Novel H1N1 are similar to seasonal flu: fever of 102 degrees or higher, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea, although not everyone gets every symptom. Symptoms appear suddenly.
A cold creeps up on you with milder symptoms: low or no fever, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat and moderate cough.
Talk to your primary care physician first when you are sick. Only come to the hospital emergency department when you are seriously ill and experiencing emergency symptoms such as troubled breathing, severe or persistent vomiting, confusion, pain or pressure in the abdomen, sudden dizziness or, in children, not waking up or interacting with others and bluish or gray skin color.
Hospital Visitation Restrictions Continue
During flu season, children 12 and younger are restricted from visiting patients at John C. Lincoln Hospitals, except in extenuating circumstances, to protect patients. Adults with any flu or cold symptoms also are asked to refrain from visiting patients.
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