Top NewsGet a flu shot, limit hospital visitations and take other steps to help limit the spread of influenza
Tift Regional Health System (TRHS)/Southwell urges local residents to get a flu shot to help stay healthy during the influenza season and to observe a visitor restriction policy which will go into effect on Dec. 16 at Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton and Southwell Medical in Adel.
“We need the community’s help in minimizing the spread of the flu,” said Mary Key, RN, CIC, TRHS Director of Infection Prevention. “Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, visits to the doctor and absent days at work and school due to the flu. It can also prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The visitor restrictions at Tift Regional Medical Center and Southwell Medical, including Southwell Health and Rehabilitation, are necessary to help protect our patients and healthcare providers. We are also requesting that people under age 14 not visit our hospital facilities during the flu season. People over age 14 who are sick are asked not come to the hospitals or nursing home as well.”
Key said flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. Influenza activity often begins to increase in October and November. “Most of the time, flu activity peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May,” she stated.
The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women, and people with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.
In addition to a flu shot, Key said there are other ways to help limit the spread of influenza. Some basic rules-of-thumb include:
Additional information can be found at www.cdc.gov/flu.
“We appreciate the community’s help and cooperation in reducing the spread of flu,” said Key.