Flu Season Prevention

October 24, 2016

To minimize the spread of influenza this fall and winter, Clark Memorial Hospital is encouraging the southern Indiana community to get vaccinated. New this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending all individuals get a flu shot – not the nasal spray vaccination.

“Getting a flu shot is one of the easiest ways people can stay healthy this fall and winter,” said Kathy Neuner, chief nursing officer (CNO) at Clark. “Not only does it significantly decrease a person’s chance of catching the flu, but it also helps minimize the symptoms if a person does get sick. I highly recommend that every person get vaccinated; it will go a long way in preventing the spread of influenza throughout our community.”

The best ways to protect against the flu are to:

  • Get vaccinated and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
  • Practice good health habits. Avoid close contact with others; stay home when you are sick; practice good hand hygiene; cover your nose and mouth with a tissue; and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • If prescribed by a physician, take flu antiviral drugs.

Clark Memorial is offering flu shots to the community at our Hunter Station tenth anniversary event in Sellersburg this weekend, Saturday, October 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost of the shot is $15 cash or file insurance. For more information, contact Alicia Rousseau at 812-283-2101.

In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its patients and to help prevent the spread of infection, Clark Memorial Hospital also asks the community to be mindful when visiting hospital patients. Specifically:

  • If you have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or runny nose, please do not visit.
  • Remember to wash your hands before entering and exiting a patient’s room and after leaving the hospital.
  • If you are in the hospital for tests or procedures and have a flu-like illness (fever over 100º with cough or sore throat), please ask for a mask.

Clark Memorial Hospital is committed to protecting the southern Indiana community, and limiting the further spread of influenza in the region.