Health & Safety

April 5, 2013

Stay on top of RSV

It’s RSV time again – the time of year that many infants and young children become ill from this particular type of virus.

Respiratory Syncytial (pronounced sin-SISH-uhl) Virus, or RSV for short, is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. For most healthy older children and adults, it results in cold-like symptoms from which they recover in one to two weeks. However, RSV infections can be severe in some people, such as certain infants, young children, and the elderly. In fact, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in children under 1 year of age in the United States.

There are two primary ways in which RSV is spread. First, is close contact with an infected person where the virus is breathed in from the air. Second, is by touching items that were previously handled by a sick person as the virus can live on surfaces for up to 30 hours. In an effort to help control the spread of RSV and other types of infections, Weed Army Community Hospital will be changing our toy policy.

Effective April 30, WACH will no longer maintain toys for general use in the waiting areas of clinics. Toys, however, can be very important to children as they wait on a doctor’s appointment, providing distraction in an often stressful situation. We would like to encourage all parents to bring your child’s toys with you when visiting our facility. These toys would be for individual play, which will minimize sharing of toys with other sick children and help maintain the health and wellness of our pediatric population.

We thank you in advance for your understanding of our change in policy and hope that we continue to meet the personal and collective needs of our Fort Irwin community.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Frontpage

Fort Irwin’s booming celebration

Fort Irwin celebrated our nation’s birthday with a mud run and a festival that included a concert and fireworks here, July 2. The fun began with the “Mud and Guts Run” that Wednesday morning, a couple of days before Indep...
 
 

Back to school a special time for families

Back to school is Aug. 7 and for the children and parents of this post, it will be a time to enjoy one of life’s special moments. Our children will not be in kindergarten or second grade again. It will happen only once. That is one of the reasons leadership of the National Training Center...
 
 
G.A. Volb

MP professional development provides for safer installation

G.A. Volb Fort Irwin military police perform training on managing a combative suspect. Fort Irwin’s military police recently concluded professional development, holding several weeks of both classroom and hands-on instruction...
 

 
Kyle-Coyote-Splash-Park

What have we done for you lately?

Day in and day out, our Soldiers and Families go through the daily struggles of living on an isolated installation, such as Fort Irwin. Family and MWR is committed to providing exceptional quality life experiences to ensure the...
 
 
Gustavo Bahena

NCOs graduate Battle Staff course

Gustavo Bahena (Bottom row) Sergeant 1st Class Dawn Garcia, Sgt. 1st Class Alex Garcia-Martell, Staff Sgt. Gilbert Morales, Sgt. 1st Class Landis Titman, Sgt. 1st Class David Shreve and Staff Sgt. Jontrel Evans-Brown. (Top row)...
 
 
Courtesy Photo

Cheetahs dash to track and field competition

Courtesy Photo The Cheetahs track team, coaches and parents gather for a group photo. Known as the “Cheetahs!,” the Fort Irwin CYS Sports Track and Field Team made up of 25 children (ages 7-14) ventured as far as their litt...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin