Free Thermometers While Supplies Last
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 8, 2009
|Contact: Monica Sylte
Monroe, WA –Visit the Valley General Hospital Main Lobby during Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and received a free thermometer and educational information about steps you can take to help prevent getting the flu, and also information on how to care for someone with the flu. (One thermometer per family and while supplies last.)
“In order to help prevent the spread of the flu it’s important to know the symptoms,” states John Bennett, MD, VGH Emergency Department Medical Director. “Not everyone that gets the flu, whether that be the seasonal flu or H1N1, will get a fever, but it is a common symptom. A fever of100.4 or above for multiple days specifically.” Other symptoms include: chills, cough, headache, sore throat, muscle aches, feeling weak and/or tired.
“Patients should be monitored closely,” states Bennett. “If you are sick – you should stay home from school and work. Be mindful of your symptoms and do not push the envelope. Doing this will help make this flu season a lot more bearable for us all.”
Valley General Hospital is participating with other hospitals and health care providers in a Snohomish County-wide effort to provide our communities education and information regarding the upcoming flu season. Valley General Hospital will be hosting four mass vaccination clinics for H1N1 this fall. Two dates have been scheduled in Monroe and two dates have been scheduled in Sultan. Please visit www.valleygeneral.com for the most up to date information regarding our H1N1 flu clinics.