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Senior Centers Taking Steps to Prevent Outbreak of Flu

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 SALISBURY, Md.- Some senior living centers on Delmarva are taking extra steps to prevent and protect the elderly from catching the flu.

You will not get far inside the Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center without being greeted by a list of flu-symptoms, followed by a friendly request to leave if you are experiencing any of them, at the door.

The sign asks visitors experiencing fever, chills and other signs of the influenza illness, to come back when they feel better.

Jackie Duffield of Pittsville was visiting her father at the center Tuesday. She thinks the request is reasonable and necessary.

" You're protecting the patients and then you're protecting yourself sometimes; Maybe you're feeling a bit down, you're not quite sure, but you don't want to catch something either," Duffield said.

Rob Stofer is the Nursing Center's administrator. He said all staffers are required to participate in a universal flu vaccination program. This is the first year the program is mandated.

"They [staff] either have to take the vaccination or they're required to wear a mask for the entire flu season from Nov.1st through April 30th," Stofer said. " Influenza for the average population may just get us sick and create a fever or cough, but it can be devastating for the population that we serve."

Proof of vaccination can be found on employees' identification cards. For visitors who may feel a little under the weather, masks are available at the front door. Judy Blocksom-Abbott of Seaford lives at the nursing home. She appreciates all the measures in place.

" With all of the diseases and things that are going on today, we need that ,especially in a place like this," she said.

The Maryland Department of Health says the intensity level of the influenza-like illnesses is categorized as moderate across the state.
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