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Swine Flu: What You Should Know

Apr 29, 2009 10:30 AM

The federal government has declared a Public Health Emergency to ensure the nation is prepared for a potential widespread swine flu outbreak. University of Utah Health Care has been preparing for several years to respond to a flu pandemic, and we are preparing our staff to safely care for possible swine flu patients. To help stop the spread of possible swine flu virus, we urge the following precautions for our patients and others entering any University of Utah Health Care location:

•    If you have flu symptoms (fever and a cough or sore throat, sometimes accompanied by body ache), masks are available at hospital and clinic entrances and we ask that you wear one while in a University Health Care facility. 
•    Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly either with soap gels or soap and water (especially after using tissues or coughing and sneezing into your hands).
•    People with mild flu symptoms are urged to stay home until seven days after the illness appears and fever is gone. If you have serious flu symptoms and would like to see one of our providers, please notify the clinic you may have the flu. When you arrive at the clinic, please put on a mask as you the enter the building.

For a complete list of guidelines regarding the swine flu go to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site.

Additional links: Utah Department of Health and Salt Lake Valley Health Department

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