Doctors Medical Center has been closely monitoring the swine flu outbreak in the United States, as we take the health and safety of our community, patients and employees very seriously. Currently, our hospital has no confirmed cases of swine flu. In the event that our hospital confirms a case of swine flu, we have stringent processes in place to manage and contain the situation. If you would like more information about swine flu, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/ . The CDC’s site includes key facts, number and location of confirmed cases and symptoms. The CDC also lists recommended everyday actions to help people stay healthy: • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way. • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. • If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
For additional information call the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency Flu Hotline at (209) 558-8872 or visit www.stanemergency.com for the most up to date local information.
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