Preventing and Protecting Against the Flu
Tuesday January 04, 2011
There has been a significant increase in flu activity in the UK and Europe in recent weeks, with several reports of severe illness in younger patients who have required admission to intensive care. There have also been several deaths. This increased activity is now being seen in Ireland. The predominant strain continues to be influenza A (H1N1).
What you can do
Swineflu.ie is an HSE website that has information that can help you prevent the Influenza A(H1N1) virus transmission and protect yourself and others. To prevent the spread of infections in general, please follow good hand and respiratory hygiene practices:
A) When coughing or sneezing:
1. Turn your head away from others.
2. Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth.
B) Dispose of the tissue afterwards in a waste bin.
C) Decontaminate your hands after discarding the tissue. Use soap and water or alcohol gel for at least 15 seconds.
If you get the flu
If you get Influenza, please do not attend our Emergency Department. Stay at home and contact your GP and/or call the HSE information line 1850241850.
In the interest of patient care, the following visiting restrictions have been put in place:
- DO NOT visit the hospital if you have symptoms of Influenza.
- Visitors should only come to the Hospital if their visit is absolutely necessary.
- Children under 14 years of age should not visit in any circumstances.
These measures are part of an overall approach to infection control designed to protect patients, visitors and staff.