Jersey City Medical Center has taken added precautions to care for those affected by the flu epidemic.
The hospital has additional staff on duty not only to treat the seasonal flu, but a separate norovirus as well. To limit the spread of illness, patients may find staffers wearing surgical masks. Limitations have been placed on visitors and contagious patients are being isolated.
No visitors who have the flu or flu-like symptoms will now be allowed to enter the hospital and no visitors under the age of 18 will be permitted to visit patients in any department.
“We have taken these precautions to protect the health of our patients, visitors and staff,” said Joseph F. Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jersey City Medical Center. “These steps will remain in place until the severity of the situation decreases.”
Jersey City Medical Center suggests the following for those feeling ill:
- Get a flu shot if you haven’t. The Department of Health website offers places where you can get vaccinated at http://www.state.nj.us/health/flu/findflushot.shtml
- Contact your local drug store to find out if they have the vaccine.
- You should get the flu shot if you are over the age of 65; have a chronic health condition; or around infants less than 6 months of age and/or individuals with a serious health condition or compromised immune system.
- Continue to wash your hands often with soap and warm water, get plenty of rest, eat healthy and exercise.
If you show signs of illness, the hospital recommends the following:
- Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.
- Stay home from work or school.
- Call your primary care provider first before going to the hospital. He or she can most likely treat you.
If you are seriously sick, the hospital recommends:
- Go to a hospital emergency room if you can’t reach your primary care provider and are showing severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, constant vomiting, dizziness or disorientation or symptoms that temporarily improve but return with a higher fever or worse cough.
- Go to the emergency room if you have an underlying medical condition such as emphysema or COPD that is made worse by flu symptoms.