ELIZABETH—In order to help prevent the spread of the flu to patients and staff, Trinitas Regional Medical Center announced recently that it is restricting visitors to adults who are age 18 and older and those who do not have flu symptoms.
H1N1, like other communicable diseases, is contagious and can be easily transmitted from one person to another. The spread of H1N1 can be prevented by vigorous and repeated hand washing with soap and water. Use of alcohol-based gel is also recommended.
In addition, the spread of the virus can be reduced by covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing by using a tissue, handkerchief or the elbow, not the hands.
If you believe that you may have symptoms of the flu, it is recommended that you avoid close contact with others as much as possible to avoid the spread of the virus.
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