SRHS Monitoring Flu in Upstate
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) continues to monitor the level of flu and respiratory illnesses in the Upstate. While there are no plans at this time for restrictions, SRHS has implemented hospital visitation recommendations.
Your friends, families and loved ones are very important to us. We are here to take care of them and need your help on their road to recovery. If you are experiencing any of the following flu-like symptoms, we ask that you please schedule your visit for another time:
• Breathing difficulty
• General achiness
Please remember that you may still be contagious up to two days after symptoms disappear.
Additionally, people in the following categories should visit only if absolutely necessary:
• Pregnant women
• Those with weakened immune systems
• Those with lung conditions or breathing difficulties
• Children under age 18 and older adults
What is Flu?
Flu (also known as Influenza) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Older people, young children and individuals with certain health conditions are at higher risk for flu complication. The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
SRHS Influenza Vaccination Policy
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System implemented a flu vaccination policy two years ago to protect our patients, employees and staff from exposure to the flu. This policy encourages all hospital physicians, employees, volunteers and contract workers to get vaccinated against the flu. This practice is supported by Centers for Disease Control and Protection and the Infectious Diseases Society of America as the most effective way to disrupt the spread of the flu.
Those Spartanburg Regional physicians, employees, volunteers or contract workers who do not receive an influenza vaccination are required to wear a surgical/isolation mask anytime they are within six feet of patients while in any Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System facility during influenza season, which is expected to run through the end of March.
Help Us in Protecting Our Community
We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated, too, since that helps disrupt the spread of the flu virus. Contact your primary care physician to have this done. If you do not have a primary care physician, call 591-7999 to schedule an appointment with a Medical Group of the Carolinas physician practice near you.
Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs
(Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year, but good health habits like covering your mouth when coughing and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat the flu.
1. Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
3. Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Wash your hands. Wash your hands often to help protect yourself from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. 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.
6. 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.