Flu season has arrived and we are seeing an increase of influenza cases in the community and in patients across the city. Take a proactive approach to make sure you’re keeping yourself healthy and protecting the people you love.
How you can protect your loved ones:
- Visit patients only when feeling well (avoid visiting if you have any symptoms including: fever, respiratory symptoms, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.).
- If you haven’t had the flu shot, for the health and safety of everyone, ask for a mask to wear in patient care areas. The flu causes more deaths in Canada than any other infectious disease.
- The best way to prevent getting and transmitting the flu is by getting the flu shot (available in our pharmacy – ground floor East wing).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
When visiting the hospital, remember to:
- Sanitize your hands before entering, and when leaving the unit – this helps prevent the spread of the flu which poses a significant health risk to vulnerable patients.
- Check in at nursing station before visiting patient for important information.
- Follow directions from staff. If patient is in isolation, it is important to follow instructions from staff to wear personal protective equipment before entering the room, and removing it when leaving the room.
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