Fall is Flu season. The symptoms of seasonal influenza infection include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing and sore throat. The best protection against this illness is an annual Flu shot. Influenza and other (severe) respiratory infections are transmitted from person to person via the respiratory route. Coughs and sneezes release the germs into the air where they can be breathed in by others. Germs can also rest on hard surfaces like counters and doorknobs, where they can be picked up on hands and transmitted to the respiratory system when someone touches their mouth and/or nose or rubs their eyes.
Here are some tips to help you stay healthy this fall:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or cough or sneeze in your sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick, we recommend that you stay home from work or school for at least a week or until 24 hours after their symptoms resolve whatever is longer. Limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
- Talk to a health professional if you experience severe flu-like symptoms.
- Check out this link for more information about Flu shot clinics in the NWT, or listen to this message.