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Taking steps to stop the spread

Posted: Friday, Feb 1st, 2013

Registered nurse Leanna Hedeen, front, and dietary aide Kelsey Van Hove, put into practice one of the key elements in preventing the transfer of flu-like illnesses bewtween care providers and residents at the United Living Community in Brookings: handwashing, handwashing, handwashing. Photo by John Kubal/Register

Fighting the flu a two-way street

BROOKINGS Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and health care facilities face a double challenge when dealing with the flu: they don't want to spread infection to the people they serve.

But they also don't want to be on the receiving end of the flu and pick up the bug from those they care for.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta estimates that "90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalization in the United States each year occur in people 65 years and older. This is beacuse human immune defenses become weaker with age. So influenza can be a very serious disease for people 65 and older."

For the complete article see the 02-01-2013 issue.

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