Friday, January 25, 2013
Earned days off could help contain the flu outbreak and ultimately increase employee productivity
By Jon Whiten [Jon Whiten is deputy director of New Jersey Policy Perspective, a progressive think tank focused on crucial New Jersey issues, and a spokesperson for the NJ Time to Care Coalition, which represents more than 80 organizations from around the state that support initiatives that benefit working families.] By this point, you’d have to pretty much be living under a rock to have not heard the news that this year’s flu season, which started early, is going to be a doozy. Deaths are starting to be reported around the country, and there are high levels of flu activity all over the state, according to the latest update from the Department of Health. One of the simplest and most crucial ways to prevent the spread of flu is for people …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
RWJ Hamilton staffers saw first signs of widespread outbreak in early December.
When Anne Dikon saw a flu case in early December, she knew it was time to tell the staff at her hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, to get ready for a potentially early flu season. As the hospital’s infection prevention director, Dikon credits the hospital’s quick response to the outbreak to MedMined, an electronic surveillance program that the hospital uses to combat the spread of all infections, including the flu. While this year’s influenza season in New Jersey has been earlier and more severe than in recent memory, some state healthcare providers had a head start in preparing for an increase in cases, thanks in part to the data mining made possible through the program. Both hospital and insurance officials are …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Flu season has been particularly severe this year. Here are some tips from Saint Peter's University Hospital on how to prevent getting sick.
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Tuesday, January 15
With the Northeast and much of the country experiencing the worst outbreak of flu in recent years, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System offers the following advice to avoid the flu and what to do if you or a family member falls ill. Steps To Prevent The Flu: - Avoid close contact: When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too - Stay home when you are sick: You will help prevent others from catching your illness - Cover your mouth and nose Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing - Wash your hands Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Use of an alcohol-based hand rub is also an effective way to protect against germs - Avoid touching your eyes, nose…
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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Saturday, January 12
Flu season is here and a brutal strain has struck many parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in New Jersey than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Town-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.) If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in South Brunswick that offer the vaccine: Stop & Shop Pharmacy #841 4095 Us Highway 1 Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852 732-329-8488 Stop & Shop Pharmacy #818 24 Summerfield Blvd Dayton, NJ 08810 732-329-2935 Target Pharmacy 4196 Us Highway 1 Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852 732-329-5221 Stop & Shop Pharmacy #802 3333 State Route 27 Franklin Park, NJ 08823 732-422-4425 CVS/Pharmacy Store #936 3211 Route 27 South Corner Of Beekman Road …