St. Vincent has developed a page on its website (flu.stvincent.org) that includes information relevant for individuals who would be coming to the hospital for a visit.
The site is intended to provide general information about North American Human Influenza A (H1N1) and ways the organization is addressing the issue.
For more detailed information, including the latest updates on the virus, visit the Center for Disease Control's website at www.cdc.gov.
To continue staying healthy and avoid the virus, residents should:
* Be aware of signs and symptoms of influenza -- fever, fatigue, body aches, cough, congestion, sore throat and diarrhea,
* If ill, stay home and limit contact with others,
* Contact a private physican for medical care as appropriate,
* Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
Throw the tissue in the trash after using it.
Cough or sneeze into a sleeve, rather than hands, if a tissue is not available,
* Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective,
* Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
Avoid close, unprotected contact with sick people -- a distance of at least six-feet is recommended, and
* Stay at home if sick.
The CDC recommends staying home from work or school and to limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.