11 Fast Facts about Cold & Flu
chronic disease and low immunity should get a flu shot.
Influenza is a virus. You don’t need antibiotics for it, you need anti-virals (ie…TamiFlu)
When you visit BMH you’ll see mask holders in various areas. If you feel sick and need to come into the hospital these masks are for you to use.
BMH will isolate those patients who test positive for the influenza virus to protect people from the spread of the flu.
It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to kick in, and be able to
fight off the flu.
Grocery store cart handles are where germs go to party. Use the wipes they provide to clean off the cart handle before you use it.
The flu shot is about 70% effective against
3-4 strains of the flu.
(the most prevalent strains)
Always cover your cough, but never with your hand. Cough into your bent elbow.
If you use hand sanitizer you need to rub it in until it is dry for it to be effective. The friction and rubbing it in is what makes it work.
A common cold comes on slowly, the flu comes on suddenly and hits you hard.
BMH offers the flu vaccination to our employees and their families. Last year we had a 95% participation rate. Employees that decline will wear a mask to help protect all patients and visitors to BMH.
Lisa Maslak BSN, RN, CIC
Director of Infection Prevention
and Employee Health.
Please use this for non-emergent based questions.
If you are having an emergency, dial 911 immediately.
Questions submitted will be answered in the order they are received
and within one calendar week.