SHELBYVILLE, IL – HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital is encouraging people to stay vigilant this flu season as the number of cases continues to rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the single best way to avoid the flu is to get vaccinated each year.
Here are some other tips to help you stay in optimal shape through the flu season.
Wash your hands frequently throughout the flu season. Washing your hands with soap and water will help eliminate germs and protect you. It may prevent those around from getting sick should you become ill.
Avoid close contact. Avoid those who are sick and keep your distance from others if you become affected by the flu. This may help to keep from spreading the flu to loved ones and colleagues.
Stay home when you are ill. If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. This will help to limit others’ contamination.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Use your elbow or your shoulder and not your hand to cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing. This will help contain any germs and not transfer germs to door knobs, telephones and other frequently touched surfaces.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs often spread when a person touches something which is contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.
Practice healthy habits. Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently touched at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of rest, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of water and eat nutritious food.
“By practicing these habits, you may avoid the worst of the flu season,” said Kristina Berg, BSN, FNP, HSHS Good Shepherd Family Health affiliated with HSHS Medical Group. “There are also flu antiviral medications that can reduce the length of flu symptoms. The flu is a virus, and there is no cure, just treatments for the symptoms. However, being seen can help avoid complications of flu. The flu can be particularly devastating to the elderly and small children. Rather than to let the flu linger if you are affected, I recommend that you make an appointment and let us help you.”
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.