Don't Let the Flu Get You Down

January 21, 2019

Other important preventative measures you can take include: 

  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol-based 
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth 
  • Avoiding sharing food, cups or eating utensils 
  • Disinfecting your home and belongings, such as door knobs, light switches, children’s toys and play areas 
  • Staying home from school or work if you are sick to prevent the spread of germs 
  • Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue, your sleeve or elbow, and NOT your bare hands  
  • Getting a flu shot 
  • Calling your local hospital or your primary care doctor with any questions 

It is just as important for your healthcare facility to prevent the spread of infections as well. The steps we take at Watertown Regional Medical Center to prevent the flu from spreading include:

  • Providing masks to all visitors and patients experiencing flu-like symptoms  
  • Setting up stations throughout the facility stocked with tissues and alcohol-based hand sanitizers 
  • Encouraging all patients, staff and visitors to get their flu shot if they have not already done so 
  • Providing educational materials to all visitors about everyday preventative actions  

If you or a loved one begins to notice symptoms including coughing, sore throat, fever or upper respiratory symptoms, please see your provider or visit Urgent Care right away. Early detection is especially important for young children, elderly populations, pregnant women and people with certain chronic health issues. When detected early, prescription antiviral drugs can often help treat the illness and shorten the time you are sick by one or two days.  

In addition, limit contact with others as much as possible immediately after noticing symptoms. Stay home (or keep your child home) for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, except to seek medical care or for other necessities. 

Urgent Care Hours:

Monday-Sunday, including holidays, 10am-8pm

Skip the line and reserve your spot online by visiting: 

https://www.watertownregional.com/our-services/urgent-care