The Virginia Department of Health is reporting widespread influenza throughout the state of Virginia including the Lynchburg community. If you live in an apartment in Lynchburg, VA, now is the time to get your flu shot.
As local health care facilities provide care for those who are ill with influenza like illness, they are asking the community to assist in preventing the spread of influenza and other infectious diseases.
To protect patients, staff, and the community at large, they are strongly encouraging visits not be made to hospitalized patients or residents in Long Term Care facilities unless necessary for care and safety of our patients or residents.
During this flu season, they are asking children under 18 years of age not to visit hospitalized patients or residents in Long Term Care facilities.
Also, if someone is sick or has had any ill symptoms within the last three days, including stomach symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever (or feeling feverish), an uncontrolled cough, or a rash, they should not visit any hospital or long term care facility.
If someone is well and must visit a loved one, they should follow all precaution signs on patient doors, wash their hands or use the alcohol hand sanitizer when entering and leaving patient rooms.
Avoid sitting on patient beds or touching patient care equipment. Cover coughs or sneezes with sleeves and always perform hand washing afterwards.
Following these simple measures can help maintain a safe environment for loved ones and patients and prevent transmission of influenza and other infectious diseases.