Flu bug out­break hits hos­pi­tal ward

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Jackie Grant

A flu out­break has forced the clo­sure of a ward at Dum­fries In­fir­mary.

Ward nine at the hos­pi­tal is shut to all ad­mis­sions and trans­fers and rou­tine vis­it­ing has been tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended.

In­fec­tion Con­trol Man­ager Elaine Ross said yes­ter­day: “We have seen an in­crease in flu cases in DGRI and in our com­mu­ni­ties.

“We thank every­one for their sup­port dur­ing this time.

“If you have not yet had your flu vac­ci­na­tion, please do not hes­i­tate to do so.

“Sim­ple pre­cau­tions such as hand hy­giene and keep­ing your hands away from your eyes and mouth can re­duce the risk of you catch­ing the virus.”

Last month, the health board launched a cam­paign in a bid to per­suade as many staff as pos­si­ble to take up the of­fer of the jab to pro­tect them­selves and their col­leagues against the ill­ness this win­ter.

At a health board meet­ing in Dum­fries, mem­bers dis­cussed the im­por­tance of staff tak­ing up the vac­cine of­fer to pro­tect their “health and well­be­ing” over the win­ter and pre­vent pres­sure be­ing put on their col­leagues due to sick­ness ab­sences.

A na­tional drive has also been aimed at mem­bers of the pub­lic, par­tic­u­larly those in the “vul­ner­a­ble groups” in­clud­ing the over 65s, preg­nant women and pri­mary school chil­dren.

Dr Jim McMe­namin, con­sul­tant epi­demi­ol­o­gist for Health Pro­tec­tion Scot­land, said: “I would urge all those el­i­gi­ble to take the flu vac­cine as an in­sur­ance pol­icy against the com­pli­ca­tions of flu that cause se­vere health prob­lems and deaths each sea­son.

“Vac­ci­na­tion of­fers the best pro­tec­tion for those at high risk from sea­sonal in­fluenza.”

In­fec­tion con­trol Elaine Ross at DGRI

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