Focus continues nationally on the prevention and spread of the Ebola virus. At Hallmark Health we take the concerns seriously. Our teams of specialists are working diligently with everyone from administration to our frontline staff at our hospitals, clinics and physician practices to ensure that all staff are receiving the latest and most appropriate safety training and have at their disposal needed information and personal protective equipment. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call before your visit.

For more information about Hallmark Health's preparations and training, please read Medford Officials, Hallmark Prepare Ebola Response.
Medford Transcript – October 29, 2014

The following link provides additional helpful information:
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention: Ebola

Other viruses in the community

This time of year we pay particular attention to a number of other viruses and illnesses that have the potential to impact our communities.

Enterovirus – Enterovirus is a common virus that can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. A particular strain – EV-D68 – has been infecting children in recent months. It can begin with mild cold/flu-like symptoms such as fever, runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Children with asthma may be at higher risk for severe respiratory illness.

For more information on enterovirus, click here.

Influenza – The flu infects thousands of people in the United States each year, and many are at risk for health complications and even
death due to flu-related illnesses. Symptoms include fever, headache, runny nose, cough, sore throat and body aches. Even if you do not have symptoms, you can still have the flu virus and contribute to its spreading. Getting the flu shot is the best protection against developing and spreading flu for you, your family, friends and co-workers. Contrary to the common belief, you cannot get the flu from getting a flu shot. Remember, it can take up to two weeks for the flu vaccine to build up its antibodies and take effect.
 
For more information on influenza, click here.

Norovirus – Commonly known as the stomach flu, norovirus is highly contagious. It causes an average of 20 million illnesses and contributes to an average of 70,000 hospitalizations each year. Unlike influenza, there is no vaccine to protect against norovirus. Symptoms include stomach/gastrointestinal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

For more information on norovirus, click here.

What you can do to stay healthy!

The simplest and most effective way to prevent the spread of illness and viruses is practicing good hand hygiene – washing your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water and using hand sanitizing products when soap and water are not available. Also:

  • •  Cover mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze.
  • •  Don’t share utensils and food when sick.
  • •  Stay at home when sick.
  • •  Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouths.
  • •  Clean and disinfect common areas.

For more on how to prevent the spread of viruses, click here.

Visiting a loved one in the hospital?

During the height of the flu season, or during outbreaks of other illnesses such as enterovirus and norovirus, hospitals may restrict visitation by friends and families to protect the patient. This includes young children visiting obstetrical units. If you have symptoms of cold or flu, or other respiratory illness, it is best to call ahead and check with the hospital to see if you will be allowed to visit.

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