People who choose not to receive the flu immunization must wear a surgical mask at all times when caring for our patients.
If you have already recieved your flu shot bring proof of immunuzation and receive your own"I'm Vaccinated" tag to wear on your uniform! Our gift to you for putting patients 1st!
Shoulda got my flu shot.....
Like health care organizations throughout Delaware and across the country, Bayhealth – Kent General and Milford Memorial – is adapting hospital facilities to meet the local community’s increased need for care. Making more inpatient beds available and increasing staffing are two of the initiatives currently underway.
Bayhealth Chief Medical Officer Gary Siegelman, MD, says the best way to prevent influenza is to get vaccinated. “Vaccines are still available and are effective against this year’s strain of flu. Physician offices, clinics and many drug stores have ample supplies of the flu vaccine.”
Bayhealth took a more aggressive approach to preparing for this year’s influenza season, starting proactively by requiring physicians, employees, volunteers and contractors to get the vaccine or wear a surgical mask in patient areas. Over 95% of Bayhealth employees received this year’s vaccine.
To complicate the upsurge in influenza cases, the community is also experiencing an increase in Norovirus – commonly known as the “stomach bug.” Symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting, and the virus is easily transmitted from person to person. Anyone can get the Norovirus. It is not related to influenza, and there is no vaccine to prevent Norovirus.
Bayhealth is asking for assistance from the community during this time. If you wish to visit patients at Kent General or Milford Memorial:
Learn more about influenza symptoms, prevention and treatment by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm. The Centers for Disease Control also have information on norovirus on their website at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Norovirus/.