Flu Season is Here

Influenza (flu) is here and it’s looking like it will be a more severe season. The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses resulting in mild to severe illness. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, aches and fatigue. The flu causes over 12,000 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths in Canada each year.

The London Middlesex Health Unit has reported that this year’s flu activity is high with many cases reported and confirmed in our surrounding communities. 

Protect yourself, your family and your community!  Get a flu shot. While it takes 1-4 days after transmission to get the flu, you are contagious from exposure. Avoid spreading the flu by washing your hands often, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning surfaces that are touched often and by getting a flu shot.

If you are feeling unwell with symptoms of a respiratory or stomach illness, avoid public areas and stay away from those who are sick.

Patients with flu like systems attending the Emergency Department for assessment are required to put on a mask found at most entrances of the hospital. Visitors feeling unwell are required to mask as well. Please protect those who work and visit here by using the hand hygiene container when you enter the hospital. 

If you are sick and require non-emergency medical assistance, call your family doctor; visit a walk in clinic or urgent care centre. For health-related advice, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-000 to speak with a Registered Nurse 24/7. For serious medical conditions call 911 or go to an Emergency Department.