Health
Thursday, December 18, 2003
Infection control signs
Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) will distribute signs to the state’s nine hospitals encouraging patients and visitors to take steps to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses. The signs were developed by DPH at the request of the statewide Hospital Preparedness Committee in recognition that posting infection control measures could help patients and visitors avoid exposing others to their illnesses. The signs, which will be posted at hospital entrances and high traffic areas, will feature one of the following three messages:
  • Notice to our visitors and family members. For the safety of our patients, please do not visit patients in the hospital if you have: fever and cough or difficulty breathing. Use tissues when coughing or sneezing and wash hands frequently to decrease the spread of germs.
  • Notice to our patients. If you have: fever and cough or difficulty breathing. For the safety of others, please take a mask and place it over your mouth and nose. Use tissues when coughing or sneezing and wash hands frequently to help decrease the spread of germs.
  • Notice to our out-patients. Please see the receptionist if you have: fever and cough or difficulty breathing. For the safety of our patients and staff, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment. Use tissues when coughing or sneezing and wash hands frequently to help decrease the spread of germs. “Research has shown that these simple measures can be effective at preventing disease transmission in our community,” said Paul R. Silverman, DrPH, DPH’s chief of disease prevention and control.
Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and hospitals in Pennsylvania and New York have posted similar signs.
Expanded Flu Clinic hours
Beginning Dec. 15, Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) will offer expanded flu vaccination hours by appointment statewide, to accommodate public demand. Residents should refer to the phone numbers listed below. The following local clinics in Sussex County will schedule residents for flu vaccinations from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Georgetown State Service Center, 546 S. Bedford St., Georgetown, call 856-5213 Anna C. Shipley State Service Center, 350 Virginia Ave., Seaford, call 628-2006 For additional information, call DPH’s immunization hotline at 1-800-282-8672. For information about FluMist vaccine, go to http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/flu/laiv.htm

Visually Impaired Support Group meets Jan.
The Seaford Visually Impaired Support Group meets in the activity room of the Methodist Manor House on the first and third Thursday of each month from 1:30-3 p.m. The group meets to share concerns, support one another and to celebrate victories that they have had in dealing with life’s challenges. Anyone with a vision problem or his or her caregiver is welcome to attend. There is no charge and the group is open to the public. For more information call the group’s facilitator, Robert Gray at 629-6204.