Paterson, NJ (September 16, 2009)- The Swine Flu (H1N1) is a major headline around the world. A viral infection that causes the flu in pigs, the swine flu appears to pass from human-to-human in much the same way the seasonal flu is spread - through coughing, sneezing, or touching a surface containing the flu virus and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
St. Joseph's Healthcare System places top priority on the health and safety of our patients, guests, physicians, employees, and volunteers.
It is not necessary to be alarmed by the swine flu, but it is important to remain alert and prevent the spread of the virus.
Proper healthcare precautions for the spread of the swine flu are similar to those we all take to protect ourselves from various strains of the flu each fall and winter:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your arm (not your hand) when coughing or sneezing.
- Dispose of the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to control the spread of germs.
Swine flu symptoms include:
- Fever (above 100o F)
- Body aches
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
If you think you are ill with the swine flu, don't contaminate others.
- Avoid close contact with others as much as possible
- Stay home - don't go to work, school, or travel
- Seek medical care if you are severely ill
If you visit a St. Joseph's facility, please notify us immediately if you:
- Have any of the above flu-like symptoms
- Have, within the past 7 days, been in close contact with a person who is a confirmed case of swine flu
- Live in or have traveled in the past 7 days to Southern California, Texas, or Mexico
Additional information regarding the swine flu is available at www.flu.gov or www.cdc.gov, both websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If you have questions regarding the swine flu, call the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) toll-free 24-hour Swine Flu Hotline at 1.866.321.9571. Click here for PSAs produced by the Department of Health and Senior Services. Videos are offered in Spanish as well.
St. Joseph's Healthcare System (SJHS), in association with the Passaic County Department of Health and Catholic Charities, invites you to an educational community-wide presentation entitled "Preparing For H1N1 ~ Swine Flu: What You Need to Know" on Thursday, September 24, 2009.