Sidney Health Center medical providers are reporting an
increasing number of patients who are complaining of fever, headache and
general body aches over the past few weeks.
The flu is a virus which is very contagious and spread
mainly by droplets in the air when infected people cough, sneeze or talk. These
droplets carry the flu virus from the infected person into the mouths and/or
noses of non-infected people who breathe in these droplets. A person can also
get the flu from touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and
then touching their face, mouth or nose.
To prevent the spread of disease among patients, residents
and staff, Sidney Health Center is restricting visitation in designated areas at
the hospital, Extended Care and The Lodge.
Sidney Health Center’s mission is to help those we serve
achieve their highest level of health and well-being. Administration thanks the
community including our patients, residents, guests and staff for following the
recommended guidelines to help reduce the spread of flu in the MonDak region.
“If visitors are experiencing flu-like symptoms, we are
asking them to post-pone their visit to residents at Extended Care and patients
in the hospital until they are feeling well,” stated Brenda Eberling, Infection
Control RN. “In addition, we have face masks available at all entrances for
people who are experiencing symptoms of the flu and seeking medical attention
in the clinic and hospital.”
The most common symptoms of the flu include fever, severe
headache, general body aches and chills. Other associated symptoms are cough,
sore throat, fatigue, stuffy or runny nose and decreased appetite. Many people correlate
nausea, vomiting and diarrhea as the flu; however, these symptoms are actually indication
The most important action to prevent the flu is to get a flu
vaccination. Equally important is to stop the spread of the flu. Individuals who
are sick with flu-like symptoms should stay home until 24 hours after their
fever is gone unless they are seeking medical care.
Additional precautions to avoid the spread of the flu
include washing hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer as well as cleaning
and disinfecting surfaces and objects that could be contaminated with the flu.
Most people are able to recover from the flu without medical
care. However, the CDC has indicated some antiviral drugs can lessen the
symptoms of the flu if started within the first 2-3 days from the onset of