The flu is now here in Maine and St. Joe’s is launching some help for those in the community. Starting October 16, 2017 patients of St. Joe’s primary care practices, respiratory care and those in the emergency department who are presenting with signs of the flu [respiratory symptoms, cough, fever, etc.] will receive a St. Joe’s Flu Care Package.
Inside the care package:
•information from Maine Quality Counts and Choosing Wisely on antibiotics
•education cards with instruction on how to properly wash and sanitize hands
Andrew Donovan, Infection Prevention Coordinator at St. Joe’s explains; “As a hopeful replacement to antibiotics, we’re wanting to support our patients by offering them items that will help them feel better by managing the symptoms they’re experiencing and not causing harm by giving them unnecessary antibiotics.”
St. Joe’s works hard to keep our community healthy; these flu care packages are an offering to our patients and the community in an effort to give comfort and information on wellness resources.
Flu care packages will be free of charge for our patients, thanks to the partnership between St. Joe’s and Maine Quality Counts. The flu care packages will be distributed as long as supplies last.
Watch WABI TV 5 news this evening as Andrew Donovan talks about this community activity.