HURON-PERTH – Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) says that influenza has arrived in Huron-Perth.
In a press release on Nov. 20, HPPH said that there are currently less than five lab-confirmed cases in the region, however many people who become sick with the flu are not sick enough to be hospitalized and tested. Public Health says the lab-confirmed cases may represent a small number of the actual cases in the region.
To protect against the flu, which typically circulates from November to April, and help stop the spread in the community, the Health Unit advises all residents to take these precautions:
- Get the influenza vaccine (flu shot).
- Wash hands with soap thoroughly and often.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
- Keep surfaces and items disinfected.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Continue to practice COVID-19 precautions.
“The vaccine is your best defense against influenza,” says Lorna Askes, public health nurse with HPPH.
“Preventing the flu can keep you and your family healthy and can help reduce stress on our health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
It can take approximately two weeks after getting immunized for the vaccine to be effective. Both the high-dose trivalent vaccine (TIV) and standard-dose quadrivalent vaccine (QIV) are effective for those over the age of 65. It’s recommended that residents receive whichever vaccine is available.
Flu shots are available through family doctor’s offices and nurse practitioners (ages six months and over), pharmacies (five years of age and older) and at HPPH clinics in the community. For a list of upcoming clinics, visit www.hpph.ca/flu.