The Huron Perth
Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) – Stratford General Hospital site has declared an influenza
outbreak on the Medicine Unit.
has been called as three of our patients on the unit have tested positive for influenza,”
says Larry Morrell, Infection Control Practitioner. “In response to the outbreak we are working
closely with Huron Perth Public Health. We
have closed the unit to admissions, restricted visitors to two per patient and
have put some limitations on staffing for the unit.”
All patients on
the unit are currently being offered Tamiflu prophylaxis.
Visitors to the
unit are asked to follow proper hand hygiene procedures and are reminded to
cough or sneeze into their arm versus their hands. Any visitors not feeling well or experiencing
flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, and
or sneezing) should refrain from visiting until they are feeling better. Exceptions will be made for compassionate
grounds or for direct family members of palliative patients.
“With influenza circulating
in Huron and Perth communities we’d like to remind the public there are several
things that can be done to protect yourself and others becoming sick,” adds Morrell. “Get a flu shot, which is still available
from your family doctor and local pharmacies; wash your hands often with soap
and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer; if you are not feeling well please
stay home and rest; keep commonly touched surfaces clean and cough or sneeze
into your sleeve.”
vaccinations rates for staff, physicians, and students at HPHA are high at 87%.
continue to update the public, as our information changes or more becomes