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Swine Flu Information
Información de influenza porcina!
Up-to-date information regarding swine flu outbreak. Norman Regional provides you with useful links to current information.
Staff at Norman have implemented a Pandemic Flu Plan, which is part of the NRHS Emergency Preparedness Plan.
Several precautions are already in place to protect patients, staff and visitors at each of our campuses. Norman Regional’s Flu Plan involves early identification, infection control, and treatment. Our plan is consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Oklahoma State Health Department.
Highlights of NRHS H1N1 Flu Plan include:
- Enhanced surveillance in Emergency Departments and Urgent Care facilities
- Infection control for patients who appear to have H1N1 symptoms
- Collaborative working relationship with state and county health departments and other health care facilities in the state
- H1N1 explanations and updates are rotating on flat screen televisions throughout the Health System for staff, patients and visitors to view 24/7
- Details on H1N1 symptoms, up-to-the minute information and guidelines for protection from the outbreak on our website
- Active H1N1 Committee of health care staff working around the clock to streamline efforts of the Health System in an effort to ensure patient, staff and visitors safety
This is an evolving situation that will take the efforts of the entire community to control. If the H1N1 flu makes it to our community and if you become ill, the CDC recommends you stay home from work or school and limit contact with other people. If someone in your family gets sick, everyone in the family should think about staying home as well. The infection period lasts from 7 to 11 days.
It’s important to seek medical care right away if the sick person:
- has difficulty breathing or chest pain
- has discoloration of the lips
- is vomiting and unable to keep liquids down
- has signs of dehydration
- is having seizures, or
- is less responsive than normal, or
- becomes confused
Health officials advise that all Oklahomans should be practicing the following recommendations to prevent the spread of flu:
- Wash hands often to protect yourself from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; germs are often spread when a person touches a contaminated object and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home from work, school, and running errands. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Contact your physician if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms. Some antiviral drugs may be used to treat persons who become ill with swine influenza.
Health officials also suggest that in the event the swine influenza A (H1N1) outbreak becomes more serious, persons should start now to be prepared. Store a supply of food and water. Have two weeks of your regular prescription drugs at home. Keep health supplies on hand, including pain relievers and cold medicines.
Additional information on swine influenza is available by visiting the OSDH Web site at http://www.ok.gov/health/ and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention swine flu Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/, or by calling your local county health department.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC's 3 Steps to Fight the Flu
Oklahoma State Department of Health
H1N1 Flu Impacts Oklahoma (OSDH)
World Health Organization
Oklahoma Hospital Association
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