Be Prepared! It’s Flu Season!

Be Prepared! It’s Flu Season!

By Jenny Palmgren, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager, MSSI

Fall is here and we must be mindful not only of COVID-19, but the flu as well. This year’s flu season is expected to be a bit different, as our patients may find it harder to determine if they are having symptoms of the flu or COVID-19.

There have been suspicions that flu season may start later and/or go longer into April/May due to COVID-19 and mandatory mask mandates across the country. Please be aware of potential changes that may occur with the flu season, given the factor of COVID-19.

Please gently remind all patients, co-workers, family, and peers about the importance of the below items to help stop the spread of all viruses this fall:

·         Hand washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

·         Decrease exposure to high traffic surfaces

·         Clean high traffic surfaces in your home frequently

·         Always wear a mask, if you are able, in areas where social distancing is not possible

·         Decrease amount of time in public places or around large groups of people

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

·         Sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow

·         If you are feeling ill, stay home from work or others and get tested for the flu/COVID-19 depending on the symptoms you may be having

·         Get the flu vaccine to help decrease risk for the flu

The hard work and dedication all caregivers have provided in the last 6-9 months has not gone un-noticed. COVID-19 has taken a toll on many caregivers across the nation. Unfortunately, the trend will continue as we start to see increased cases in many states as COVID-19 combines with the flu season.

Thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do to protect the patients you serve.

Please stay safe everyone!

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