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Published on October 06, 2015

The Flu is Out There; Get Vaccinated

You could shake hands with someone who just sneezed or sit next to a coughing coworker. The next thing you know, you’re feeling achy, feverish and have a sore throat.

The flu is out there waiting for you to unknowingly come in contact with it. That’s why Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) urges you to protect yourself against the flu by getting vaccinated.

It can be difficult to predict what each flu season will be like, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, taking extra precautions like getting vaccinated, a practice supported by the CDC as the most effective way to disrupt the spread of the flu, will help protect not only yourself but your family

For the protection of its patients, SRHS employees, physicians and volunteers are vaccinated against the flu. Those medically unable to receive the yearly flu vaccination are required to wear a surgical mask when they are within six feet of a patient during flu season, which runs through the end of March.

Physicians are also encouraging patients and their family members staying in any of SRHS’s hospitals to be vaccinated prior to discharge in order to protect them from illness this winter.

I’m vaccinated. How else can I protect myself from the flu?

Along with getting the flu vaccination, practicing good hand hygiene is crucial to protect yourself and those around you from the flu.

“The best way to avoid getting the flu is to wash your hands and cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze,” said Kathy Bryant, SRHS Infection Prevention Manager. “If you are sick, try to stay away from others and stay home from work or school.”

Proper hand washing includes scrubbing the backs of hands, in between fingers and under nails for at least 20 seconds with warm, soapy water.

Other ways to avoid the flu include:

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

• Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is sick. Get plenty of sleep, stay physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

Where can I get care?

To get vaccinated against the flu, contact your primary care physician. If you do not have a primary care physician, call 864-591-7999 to schedule an appointment with a Medical Group of the Carolinas physician near you.

When coughing and sneezing takes its toll, your family can visit our two Immediate Care Center locations. Simply walk in to see a doctor or call our 24-hour help line to schedule an appointment.

Immediate Care Center – Eastside

1200 East Main St., Suite 12
Spartanburg
864-560-9260
Weekdays: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Weekends: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Immediate Care Center – Westside

151 Peachwood Centre Dr.
Spartanburg
864-560-9627
Weekdays: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Weekends: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information, visit MedicalGroupoftheCarolinas.com.

About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.

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