Patients at Nassau Baptist Hospital cannot have visitors that are non-family members due to the risk of the H1N1 virus.
According to the Florida Department of Health website, Duval and Baker counties were experiencing “widespread” outbreaks as of the week ending Sept. 19, while Nassau County reported cases are ‚Äúlocalized.‚Äù Most of the cases of swine flu on the First Coast have been mild.
The swine flu vaccine will not be available for at least another week, and even then it will only be offered to those most at risk of contracting the virus such as healthcare workers and pregnant women. To help with prevention, many businesses and medical centers are increasing efforts to stop the spread of the virus. Some companies, such as the one where I work, have placed hand sanitizer dispensers on every floor, in the cafeteria, and in every break room. Hospitals and doctor‚Äôs offices are requesting that sick patients wear a mask.
It is important to continue following these everyday actions to prevent contracting swine or seasonal flu:
1. When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Discard the tissue after use.
2. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, alcohol based hand sanitizer is also effective.
3. Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. If you do, see #2.
4. If someone you know is sick, avoid close contact.
5. If you become sick with a flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Keep away from others as much as possible to prevent spreading the illness.