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Monday, March 9, 2020

The CDC reports that influenza is widespread across the state. To protect our patients and healers, and to prevent the further spread of the flu, we ask that anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms refrain from visiting patients at Norman Regional Health System.

Flu-like symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Body aches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

The symptoms can come on suddenly and last for days.

Adults and children with flu-like symptoms, but no other medical conditions should call their primary care provider before visiting an emergency room.  

People with severe symptoms – such as an extremely high fever, difficulty breathing, confusion, consistent chest or abdominal pain, or have a high risk of serious flu complications should call 911 or visit an emergency room.

The best protection against the flu is the flu vaccine, which is still available. A flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months and older, especially pregnant women, the elderly and anyone with a chronic health condition or weakened immune system.

Flu season typically runs through April, so it’s not too late to get protected. It’s the most effective way to prevent the flu and can also shorten the length and severity of the illness for those who become infected with the virus.

You can also help reduce the risk of infection by:

  • Washing hands thoroughly for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Sanitizing and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces on a regular basis
  • Covering your mouth when you cough and your nose when you sneeze
  • Staying home from work or school if you are sick

About Norman Regional Health System

Norman Regional Health System is a multi-campus system that serves the healthcare needs of south central Oklahoma. It is currently comprised of an acute-care facility, Norman Regional, on Porter Avenue, and the Norman Regional HealthPlex, located on Interstate 35 and Tecumseh Road in Norman, OK. Norman Regional Hospital is licensed for 324 beds and offers a full range of services including emergency care, oncology, an intensive care unit, surgery and more. The Norman Regional HealthPlex campus is licensed for 136 beds. It features the services of cardiovascular, spine and orthopedics, women’s and children’s and more. The Norman Regional HealthPlex is also the home of the Chest Pain Center and the HealthPlex Heart Hospital. In 2016, the Health System opened Norman Regional Moore, which houses an Emergency Room, physician offices, imaging, lab, physical therapy and more.

Norman Regional Health System also provides outpatient diagnostic centers, medical transport services, physician services, centers of excellence, durable medical equipment supplies, a primary care network, community wellness service and employer health services. It has grown to employ more than 2,700 people and have 356 physicians credentialed on the Medical Staff.