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What You Can Do About Flu
04/29/2009

Flu News from Texas Health Resources

  1. If you think you have symptoms that are similar to the swine flu, make an appointment with your primary care physician or call his/her office.
  2. If you do not have a primary care physician, visit your urgent care clinic.
  3. Individuals with flu-like symptoms (body aches, fever of 101 degrees, coughing) rarely need to go to the hospital. These symptoms however, indicate the need for hospital/ER evaluation:*
    • Feeling confused or unable to stay awake
    • Difficulty breathing or breathing too fast
    • Pregnant women
    • Anyone suffering from organ disease (liver, heart, brain, lung etc.) or cancer
    • Immuno-compromised patients (HIV, organ transplant recipients)
    • Elderly patients (65 years or older)
    • Anyone who feels sicker than they usually do with the flu
  4. Texas Health Hospitals are prepared and have a plan if the swine flu spreads into a pandemic.
  5. It is important to practice good hand hygiene and cough manners. Washing your hands on a regular basis and coughing and sneezing into your sleeves or a tissue, instead of your hands, will help eliminate the spread of infectious germs.
  6. Social distancing, which is staying at least three feet away from others, in public is also very important.
  7. If you have children who are out of school, we encourage you to keep your children home and not venture out into public places.
  8. We encourage our visitors to not bring their children to visit loved ones in the hospital. Also, we ask that individuals who are sick refrain from visiting loved ones in the hospital.
  9. For more information about the swine flu and for signs and symptoms, visit www.texashealth.org/swineflu.

*Information from members of the medical staff at Texas Health Fort Worth

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