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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Prepares For Swine Flu

Charles Cole Will Be Prepared

By Janene Dunn
Director Public Relations
Charles Cole Memorial Hospital

Due to the recent confirmed cases of Swine Influenza A (swH1N1) in Mexico and the United States, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital will continue its efforts to protect patients and staff.

While
CCMH has been preparing for the potential of an avian flu pandemic for quite some time, the hospital is following recommendations from local emergency management officials, the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.

"We want the public to know that, if the swine flu affects our local community, Charles Cole will be prepared," said Lonnie Bunch, CCMH safety officer.
Symptoms of swine flu are similar to the seasonal flu and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing. While there is currently no vaccine available, the swine flu can be treated with certain antiviral drugs. Call your medical provider if you think you have the flu.

Steps people can take to avoid spreading the flu include:

* stay home if you are sick
* cough/sneeze into the arm/elbow or a tissue
* wash hands frequently with warm soap/water or use an antibacterial gel
* wash hands before touching eyes, nose, mouth
* drink plenty of fluids
* eat a balanced diet
* get plenty of rest and exercise

For more information, visit www.charlescolehospital.com or www.cdc.gov.

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