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Vanderbilt University: Those With Flu Symptoms To Keep The Masks On

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Because possible cases of the H1N1 Influenza virus have been documented in Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt University Medical Center is taking the following precautions to protect patients, visitors and employees.

Patients who present with fever and flu-like symptoms will have a mask placed on them. They will be asked to keep this mask on. While the use of masks may be less effective in a community type setting, they are very effective in a hospital and clinic setting.

Patients who have fever and flu-like symptoms will also be placed on isolation precautions, and the number of visitors will be limited. The doors to these patients’ rooms will be kept closed.

All patients who present with fever and flu-like symptoms may be tested for influenza with a nasal swab.

The VUMC infection control and prevention team offers the following recommendations:

If you are sick with fever and flu-like symptoms, please do the following:

· Stay away from crowds while you are ill.

· Call your primary care provider for guidance on whether your clinical condition requires evaluation.

· Do not visit emergency rooms unless your symptoms are severe.

· Keep a sick child at home. Consult your pediatrician.

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What to do to reduce spread of germs:

· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough into your shirt sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after use.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

· Avoid close contact with sick people.

Flu-like symptoms include:

· Fever

· Muscle aches

· Headache

· Extreme tiredness

· Dry cough

· Sore throat