A Message to Good Shepherd Visitors Regarding H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu)5/1/2009
To date, there have been few confirmed cases of H1N1 Virus, otherwise known as Swine Flu, in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and none of the cases have been severe. However, because Good Shepherd is committed to protecting the health and safety of our patients, residents and employees, we are taking certain precautions.
Good Shepherd’s infection control team has been working closely with regional and state health agencies and area hospital networks to plan for the unlikely event of a flu pandemic. Further, Good Shepherd has a comprehensive pandemic influenza plan in place, which will guide our response if such an event were to occur. We do not anticipate that Good Shepherd will be greatly affected by the H1N1 Virus, but if we are, we are ready.
If any of the following apply to you, please postpone your plans to visit any Good Shepherd facility:
• You have flu-like symptoms including cough, sore throat, fever, nasal congestion, muscle aches, vomiting or diarrhea
• You have traveled to an area with known H1N1 Virus within the past seven (7) days
• You have had contact with someone who has known H1N1 Virus within the past seven (7) days
Thank you very much for your assistance. Moving forward, we will post any pertinent updates or announcements here.
For more information on the H1N1 Virus, please click here to visit the web site of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention .