Beltrami County Emergency Management continues to meet with its Community Health Partners, including Beltrami County Public Health, North Country Regional Hospital, Physicians Clinic, MeritCare Clinic and satellite clinics, and Bemidji School District 31 and plan for the continued flu season, according to a press release issued by Beryl Wernberg, Beltrami County Emergency Management director.
Here are some tips regarding flu prevention and treatment:
- Stay home from work or school if you are sick with symptoms of the flu and remain at home until 24 hours after your fever is gone without fever reducing medication. (Stricter guidelines apply to children or staff in day care settings or early education programs. They are asked to remain home until seven days after their symptoms first appeared or 24 hours after their symptoms go away, whichever is longer.)
- Cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly.
- Get vaccinated for both the seasonal and novel H1N1 virus as the vaccines become available. St. Joseph's Flu Hotline can provide an updated list of local flu vaccination sites and times.
A sick person should seek medical attention if he or she has one or more of the following conditions (especially critical for children):
- Difficulty breathing or chest pain.
- Gray/blue lips or skin.
- A fever above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (above 101 degrees for a child) that cannot be reduced.
- Severe or persistent coughing.
- A sign of dehydration.
- Has had a seizure.
- Is unable to move an arm or leg.
- Is confused or not waking up.
- Improves and then symptoms return.
Currently, routine testing for H1N1 will only be done on persons requiring hospitalization for influenza-like illness. In an effort to prevent transmission in healthcare settings, it is strongly recommended that persons with flu-like symptoms call and inform the clinic or hospital staff of their symptoms prior to their arrival.
The number for the Beltrami County Flu Hotline is 333-8145.