Some things you can do to prevent getting sick this winter
Hand hygiene. Cough etiquette. Flu shots. Promoting the importance of “routine practices” is part of the Northwestern Health Unit’s National Infection Control Week campaign, leading into annual flu season.
Donna Stanley, Manager of Infectious Disease advises that there are a few easy things that people can make part of their daily routines that can go a long way to limit passing germs to others. “Coughing and sneezing into your sleeve and washing your hands often can stop the spread of germs that can make you and others sick”.
Infection Control Week is celebrated during October 15-19, 2012 and is an opportunity for public health staff to educate the community about the importance of helping to protect ourselves and others from severe infection. The health unit campaign will focus on the distribution of hand hygiene and cough etiquette posters throughout health unit communities.
The week also launches the Northwestern Health Unit’s annual promotion of flu shots. Stanley reminds people about the importance of getting their flu shot, and getting it early. She states that “flu shots reduce the risk of severe infection from the influenza virus”.
A flu shot protects you, your loved ones and your community. Who are YOU protecting?
For flu clinic schedules or appointments, call 1-866-468-2240, visit www.nwhu.on.ca or contact your local NWHU office.