Smokey Barn News January 24, 2014 Springfield, Tenn.
NorthCrest Medical Center is continuing to take extra precautions for their patients due the high flu activity in the community. While available, NorthCrest will be offering family members of their inpatients and emergency department patients a free flu shot. This precaution accompanies the recommendation NorthCrest made last week that children under the age of 12 and anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms should avoid the patient care areas.
“The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine,” says Randy Davis, NorthCrest Medical Center President & CEO. “While it does take about two weeks after vaccination for the body to develop antibodies, it is never too late to get vaccinated. So by offering these free vaccines we can hope to slow the spread of the flu in our community.”
Hospital officials also remind everyone that the best protection against the flu and its spreading, besides getting the flu vaccine, is to wash your hands frequently and use cough etiquette. Cough etiquette is to cover your mouth when you cough, preferably with a tissue that you promptly throw away. Then wash or sanitize your hands. If no tissue or sanitizer is available, cover your mouth with your upper arm rather than your hand. Also, keeping 6 feet from someone who is coughing is another precaution.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider or come to the hospital’s emergency department.
NorthCrest Medical Center, not-for-profit community hospital, has been providing compassionate, quality healthcare since 1956. With a mission of enhancing community and patient wellness, NorthCrest provides inpatient, outpatient, and emergency medical services to Northern Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.
NorthCrest Medical Center has been recognized as an “A” Hospital by The Leapfrog Group and has been recognized for the third consecutive year by The Joint Commission as a top performer on key quality measures concerning the treatment of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. NorthCrest has also been named an exemplar hospital by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
For more information about physicians and services offered by NorthCrest Medical Center, call the NorthCrest HealthLine at 615/384-1600 or visit them at www.northcrest.com.
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