Hospital Takes Precautions Against Flu

A healthcare professional puts a band aid over the site of an injection after providing a flu vaccine to a patient.

With the flu virus declared prevalent by the New York State Health Commissioner in mid-December and the Centers for Disease Control deeming New York as one of several states where influenza is widespread, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital said this week it was doing its part to reduce the spread of the virus.

“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, vomiting/diarrhea. Visitors who suspect they may have the flu are advised to not visit the hospital.

According to hospital officials, the majority of employees have been vaccinated. Any staff who are unable to be vaccinated are wearing surgical facemasks as a physical barrier to flu transmission. Stony Brook Southampton Hospital enforces universally-recognized precautions to prevent the flu, including hand washing, the use of hand sanitizers placed conveniently throughout the hospital, as well as goggles and gowns. 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.