FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 25, 2019
Perth County – Influenza has arrived in Perth County. While there are currently fewer than five lab-confirmed cases of influenza, many people who are sick are not sick enough to be hospitalized and tested. Therefore, the lab-confirmed cases may only represent a small number of people who have influenza.
“Influenza has been circulating in other parts of the province for the last couple of weeks so we are not surprised to see it here,” says Jennifer Beaver, Public Health Nurse. Influenza season in Canada usually runs from November to April.
The Health Unit is urging people who are sick to stay home. “Staying home will help stop the spread of influenza to people who may be more susceptible to complications,” says Beaver. People who are sick are especially urged to avoid visiting long-term care homes, hospitals, or those with poor immune systems.
The influenza vaccine (flu shot) is the best protection against influenza. The vaccine is currently available at:
- Family doctor’s offices – ages 6 months and over
- Pharmacies across Perth County – 5 years of age and older
- By appointment at the Perth District Health Unit in Stratford for families with young children who do not have a family doctor.
To protect against influenza and help stop the spread in our community, the Health Unit advises all residents to take these precautions:
- Wash hands with soap thoroughly and often
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve
- Keep surfaces and items disinfected
- Stay home if you are sick
- Get immunized!
For more information:
- Call Health Line at 519-271-7600 extension 3267 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 3267
- Visit pdhu.on.ca – Influenza Immunization 2019/20
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