The number of cases is on the rise in the US, and our community is no exception. It is especially import to take necessary precautions when it comes to the Influenza virus.
People that have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever, feel feverish or have chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
Healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning one day before symptoms develop up to seven (7) days after their symptoms resolve. If you get sick your symptoms can start from day one (1) to four (4) days after exposure to the virus.
People that are diagnosed with Influenza or have Influenza like symptoms need to remain off work for (7) days starting when symptoms are noticed to when you are free of symptoms for (24) hours without any medication onboard. That means if your child is sick they shouldn’t be at school or daycare. As long as they are sick they are spreading the virus to everyone they come in contact with. Coming in contact with people includes sharing toys, bathrooms, hand towels, drinking cups, etc.
We just want you to be aware and take care of yourself so you can help us take care of you. Wash your hands often, cover your cough always, and if you don’t feel well stay home until you do. If you have any questions please consult the CDC website.
Robyn Wieland, RRT
Infection Prevention Coordinator
Sakakawea Medical Center
Robyn Wieland, Registered Respiratory Therapist, graduated from the University of Mary/CHI St. Alexius Respiratory Therapy program in 1997. In addition to Respiratory Therapy, Robyn is a certified Neonatal/ Pediatric Specialist and Pulmonary Function Technologist. Robyn is responsible for staff development and training and acts as the organization’s Infection Prevention Coordinator.
Before joining the team at Sakakawea Medical Center in 1997, Robyn worked at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, ND.