At St. Charles Health System, our first priority it to protect you, our patients and our staff from contracting infectious diseases like influenza. During influenza season – which typically runs from September through March –
we ask all those who enter our facilities to sanitize their hands at one of our sanitizing stations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children and people with certain chronic health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.
Symptoms of influenza include:
- Fever of 100°F or higher
- Nasal congestion
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we request that you wear a mask while in our facilities.
We very much appreciate your cooperation as we all strive to keep our community healthy.