In addition, family members who are coughing or showing other respiratory symptoms also are asked not to visit their relatives in the hospital, nursing home or Senior Living at Watkins.
“The flu is in our community, and we’ve experienced an increase in the number of patients seeking care for flu-like symptoms,” noted Sara Gabrick, vice president of Specialty Care Services at Winona Health. “We’re implementing visitor limitations to minimize our patients’ and residents’ potential exposure to the influenza virus.”
Patients and family members coming to the clinic for appointments who are coughing, sneezing or seeking care for respiratory symptoms are asked to wear a mask. Masks are available at the hospital, Lake Winona Manor and clinic main entrances.
Winona Health encourages everyone to adopt these simple practices to help limit spread of the flu virus:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve rather than into your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
If you have additional questions about the flu, contact your primary healthcare provider or the Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic at 420 E. Sarnia. Winona Health’s Urgent Care Clinic is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To check current Urgent Care wait times, visit: www.winonahealth.org/uc.
The Winona Health Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine department has a healthcare provider designated for same-day appointments for children who are ill. To call the Pediatrics department: 507.457.7607.
Symptoms of Cold versus Flu
|Fever||Rare in adults & older children, but can be as high as 102o F in infants and small children||Usually 102o F, but can go up to 104o F and usually lasts 3-4 days|
|Headache||Rare||Sudden onset & can be severe|
|Muscle aches||Mild||Usual & often severe|
|Tiredness & weakness||Mild||Can last 2 or more weeks|
|Extreme exhaustion||Never||Sudden onset & can be severe|
|Cough||Mild, hacking cough||Usual & can become severe|