the French National Healthcare Security and Safety Week


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The American Hospital of Paris is taking an active part in the French National Healthcare Security and Safety Week

The American Hospital in Paris supports prevention of infection control

Flu vaccination

What is the flu? The flu is a viral illness (antibiotics are not effective).

It is contagious and spread by:

  • air droplets (coughing or sneezing)
  • close contact with an infectious person
  •  contact with the hands or contaminated objects (door handle,cutlery, etc.).

After contamination by the flu virus, symptoms appear within about 48 hours. Infected people remain contagious up until 5 days after the first symptoms appear (up to 7 days for a child).

The symptoms are a high temperature, general aches and pains, a headache, intense tiredness, general weakness and respiratory symptoms (dry cough, runny nose)

The illness lasts about a week, but tiredness can persist up to 4 weeks. A dry cough can continue for to 2 weeks.

Flu can be serious and can even lead to death in certain vulnerable populations (elderly people, people with certain chronic diseases, obese people, pregnant women and babies). There can be complications or a chronic disease that already exists can be aggravated.

Why is it important to be vaccinated? During the winter of 2016/2017, 6 million people caught the flu and 14,400 people died of the flu, which is the same mortality rate as that of the 2003 heat wave in France.

Vaccination is the safest way to protect against the flu.

Get vaccinated!


And adopt the right complementary reflexes (hand hygiene, tissues not handerchiefs).

Talk about it to your doctor or nurse.

Hand hygiene

Having good hand hygiene is the best way to avoid infection

How? By disinfecting your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer. The hands must be rubbed until dry. (Exception: hands should be washed with soap if visibly dirty).

Did you know?

  • Hand jewellery, including your wedding ring, bracelets and watches must be removed before handwashing with soap or using an alcohol-based sanitizer, to eliminate all bacteria.
  • Using an alcohol-based sanitizer is more effective than washing the hands with soap.

Your personal treatment
How to avoid medication errors

If you are hospitalized, it is essential to be familiar with your medications on your arrival at the hospital.

To ensure the safety of your care and treatment pathway, on your arrival our medical and health care teams will ask you what medications you currently take and will collect any current and/or future medications.

Our recommendation:
bring your prescriptions and medications with you!


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