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Flu Outbreak Slams U.S.

-Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Offers Tips for Prevention & Protection-

(Englewood, NJ, January 11, 2013) – The United States is now in the midst of what healthcare experts are calling an “epidemic,” following a major increase in flu cases at hospitals nationwide. The Infectious Disease team at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is proactively responding to the potentially severe flu season in northern New Jersey by implementing plans to protect patients, visitors and staff members.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control counts New Jersey among 41 states with widespread influenza activity. Since October, the New Jersey Department of Health has been tracking the influenza activity level throughout the state and reports Bergen County’s levels ranging from moderate to high in the last five weeks.

Englewood Hospital has seen a surge in flu-related Emergency Room visits and admissions, particularly among the elderly. In response to the growing threat, the Medical Center staff is working around the clock to protect the community, including stocking up on flu-related supplies and testing kits, vaccinating patients and employees and implementing temporary visitor restrictions at the hospital. Visitors under the age of 18 are not permitted in select areas of the hospital, including the NICU, Adult ICU and Pediatrics department. Sick visitors have been asked to avoid visiting friends and loved ones at the hospital until their symptoms are gone.

“Self-protection is also key,” explained Steven Weisholtz, MD, Chief of Infectious Disease at Englewood Hospital. “The best possible weapon against the flu is the vaccine.”

However, new reports show some cities throughout the U.S. are experiencing a vaccine shortage, though Englewood Hospital is not affected at this time, thanks to the careful preparation by its staff.

While the flu affects people of all ages, doctors say this year’s particular strain is most severe in children and the elderly. If you are unable to get a flu shot, there are a few other ways to protect yourself and those around you. Englewood Hospital offers an educational public service announcement on its YouTube channel featuring flu-fighter “Dr. Rich Lather,” who offers the following health tips to protect against the flu:

  • · Wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 20


    seconds.

  • · Avoid touching your face, specifically your eyes, nose or mouth.

  • · Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into the crook of your elbow.

For the latest news and information, visit www.engelwoodhospital.com and click “Flu Update” on the home page. To watch “Dr. Rich Lather” talk about fighting germs with your bare hands, visit Englewood Hospital’s YouTube Channel, EnglewoodHospitalNJ or visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4xpoyU5ops&feature=plcp.

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.   Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.