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Health officials in South Carolina continue to closely monitor any potential spread of the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu.)
To fight the spread of the flu virus, the public should do the following:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often.
- Cover your cough with your sleeve, not your hand.
- Stay home if you’re sick.
- Limit your contact with people who are sick.
- Eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest.
- If you suspect you have the flu (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting) call your doctor about the possibility of prescribing antiviral medication.
- If your symptoms become severe, even if you are taking an antiviral, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Greenville Health System (GHS) has had a formal bioterrorism/pandemic-related plan in place since 2002. The plan includes protocols and frequent drills, both within the system and as cooperative drills with surrounding police, fire, EMS and other healthcare providers. GHS already has supplies needed in the event of the flu’s spread, such as antiviral medication and employee-protection materials such as specially-enhanced face protection.
Additional steps to protect patients, visitors and employees include educational material on the flu, signage warning Emergency Department patients to immediately notify hospital officials if they have flu-like systems, respiratory hygiene kits at the Emergency Departments, signage warning visitors to not visit if they have flu-like symptoms, and hand-sanitizer stations. (GHS typically allows two visitors at a time in the Emergency Department.)
To see precautionary measures that GHS took this week click here.
Find out the symptoms, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you contract the H1N1 (Swine) Flu.