Southampton, NY—Flu virus was declared prevalent by the New York State Health Commissioner on December 13, 2017. “Flu prevention at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is a priority and our employees work every day to lessen the spread of flu virus by adhering to strict infection control practices and prevention guidelines,” said Fredric Weinbaum, MD, Chief Medical Officer. “An annual flu vaccine remains the single best method for preventing the flu. It is not too late to get a flu shot, and we encourage you to do so.” Flu symptoms include fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue (very tired), vomiting/diarrhea. Visitors who suspect they may have the flu are advised to not visit the Hospital.
Flu is a serious disease and the Hospital is taking additional steps to prevent its spread. The majority of Hospital employees have been vaccinated. Any staff who are unable to be vaccinated are wearing surgical facemasks as a physical barrier to flu transmission. This is a comprehensive endeavor to protect patients, visitors, and employees from exposure to the flu virus.
As a matter of standard practice, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital enforces universally-recognized precautions to prevent the flu. These include hand washing, the use of hand sanitizers placed conveniently throughout the hospital, as well as goggles and gowns. In addition, the Hospital adheres to rigorous infection control guidelines and policies every day, year-round to ensure a clean environment for patients, staff, and visitors. These practices are especially important during flu season. Antiseptic wipes are located in patient rooms, work stations, hallways, and other treatment areas and are easily accessible to hospital employees responsible for sanitizing medical equipment and surface areas.