Seasonal Flu Vaccine is Now Available to McLeod Staff

Once again, seasonal flu vaccines will be offered to our McLeod staff with the regular $20 incentive provided. Full-time and part-time employees are eligible for the incentive.Volunteers, PRN’s, Share-the Care, temporary employees and contract employees may also receive the flu shot, without the incentive.

Flu vaccine

Tammy Kelly, R.T. from McLeod Medical Center Dillon recieves her flu shot from Alison Dozier, RN of McLeod Occupational Health.

 

McLeod Employee Health will begin giving this regular Flu vaccine and tuberculin skin test on Tuesday, Sept. 1 in Dillon & Darlington and Tuesday, Sept. 8 on the Florence campus. Employee Health will be coming to a location near you to complete your annual employee health assessment, which includes the tuberculin skin test* (tst) and flu vaccinations.

Employee Health will also be available Sept. 18th from 7 pm to midnight in the Pavilion 5th floor auditorium for flu vaccines and tst’s.

We appreciate their excellent service effort to make it much more convenient for our people to receive the vaccine.

The H1N1 (Swine-like) Flu vaccines are additional vaccines and require two injections, a month apart. These will be provided to McLeod employees according to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations for high risk populations, which include: children, persons between the ages of 18-24, pregnant females, and healthcare workers.

We expect the H1N1 vaccine to be available in late October and will notify our staff and make it available upon receipt from DHEC. The H1N1 will be offered to McLeod employees at no cost, but without the incentive. Communications and processes have been developed by McLeod teams to manage the care of patients and staff with influenza-like illness and anticipated higher volume of patients presenting with flu-like symptoms.
   

We have communicated precautions and signs and symptoms to Physicians, Staff, Patients presenting at entrances to our facilities,Visitors, the Public, and specialty groups including Schools, Industries, Churches, Recreational programs, Health fairs and with Law Enforcement

Letters, Blogs, McLeod News, Global Updates, Huddles, upcoming Living Well Newsletters and a Weekly McLeod Health Alert from the McLeod Department of Epidemiology have been created and distributed to aid in this communication effort.

Signage and handouts have been made available for Patient and Visitors on Flu Precautions at McLeod Facility entry points as well as the expected delivery soon of additional hand sanitizing stations with appropriate signage and supplies in Hallways, Lobbies at MRMC, Darlington and Dillon.

Our team is aware that the current situation with influenza is evolving quickly. Plans for managing patient volumes, treatment processes, procedures and staffing are a constant priority. Thank you for your cooperation and support in this healthcare effort. For more information, please contact: McLeod Department of Epidemiology, 777-6421 or Employee Health about your vaccine at ext. 5355 or you can speak to one of our nurses at 5152.

Here is more 2009 Influenza A/H1N1 Employee Information:

Why is everyone talking about the Influenza A/H1N1 (Swine Flu)?
- Influenza A/H1N1 is a new or “novel” influenza virus that is spreading quickly.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised the Pandemic Alert level to 6: Widespread Human Infection.
- Humans do not have immunity to this Influenza A/H1N1 illness.
- Influenza A/H1N1 may be harder to detect with standard screening.

What do I need to do at work?           ¦lt;br /> – Watch for signs and symptoms of influenza in yourself, relatives, co-workers, and individuals in your care.
- Report to a healthcare provider and your supervisor immediately if you develop signs or symptoms of influenza.
- If you are sick, stay home.

Symptoms of 2009 Influenza A/H1N1:                                                           - Aches and pains, headache, sore throat
- Fever
- Cough/head and lung congestion
- Possibly diarrhea/nausea/vomiting

If symptoms are present:
- Isolate: Droplet and Contact Precautions: patient/resident/client needs to stay in their room or at home!
- Caregivers should use surgical masks, eye protection, gown, and gloves.
- Contact a healthcare provider immediately. If the affected individual must go into the public, they must wear a mask.
- Flu medications (Tamiflu and Relenza) are effective with this particular Influenza A/H1N1.
- Use antiviral medications with care.¦lt;br /> – If you have questions, e-mail Michelle Dore, Director of McLeod Epidemiology, mdore@mcleodhealth.org or go to www.cdc.gov

What do I need to think about for myself and my family?
- It is important to THINK and use common sense.
- Do not work if you are sick, and do not force children to go to school if they are sick.
- Eat right and get enough rest. Avoid crowds if possible. Don’t touch your face.
- Wash hands with soap and water 15-30 seconds or use hand sanitizer or wipes, especially when in public.
- Avoid any person who is coughing or sneezing.
- If you start to feel sick during your shift, notify your supervisor immediately and put on a mask. You will need to be evaluated by your private physician or healthcare provider. Go home.
- Contact your supervisor if you or your family member become sick with symptoms of the flu.¦lt;br /> – Please remember that you cannot catch influenza by eating pork or pork products.

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