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Barton Helps Fight The Flu This Winter

Barton Flu Mask

(South Lake Tahoe, CA) During the annual flu season, it is Barton Health’s priority to protect the health of our patients, employees and community. As was mandated in the 2012/2013 flu Season, El Dorado County’s Health and Human Services department is again requiring that all healthcare workers wear masks while providing patient care if they have not been immunized for influenza during the 2013/2014 flu season. Barton Health is complying with this protocol in all of our South Lake Tahoe area health facilities. During peak flu season, spanning from December 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014, patients and visitors to Barton Health facilities will see some staff and physicians wearing masks. These are employees who have either declined a flu immunization or who are unable to get immunized due to medical reasons.

Vaccinated staff (those not wearing a mask) can be identified by a blue circular sticker on their Barton Health ID badge. While Barton Health is taking every step to prevent the spread of flu, there are steps community members can take to help prevent getting or spreading the flu. Such tips include:

  • Not visiting hospitalized patients if you are ill – especially if you have respiratory symptoms.
  • If you are visiting any health care facility for care with flu-like symptoms, please ask for a mask.
  • Masks and hand sanitizer are available at multiple locations around the hospital and in physician offices. Ask staff if you need assistance.
  • Get immunized with the influenza vaccine. Vaccines are available at primary care physician offices, local pharmacies and through El Dorado County Health and Human Services.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • If you have the flu or any other respiratory illness, be sure to cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from work, school and other activities if you are sick.

For more information about the flu, go to www.bartonhealth.org/flu.