What Communicable Diseases are Affecting the University of Lethbridge?
The Health Centre aims to keep our community educated on a variety of topics. Education of current outbreaks is important to assist in preventing further spread of the health concerns.
The Health Centre wants the community to be aware that:
INFLUENZA We are planning our influenza injection (FLU SHOT) campaign for October and will let you know when immunizations are available. Remember wash your hands often and cover your cough! Stay at home if ill.
Health Service (AHS) declared an outbreak of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) - a highly contagious respiratory disease in Alberta the North Zone, Alberta. This outbreak is expected to continue for months. Your institution may have students and staff returning from the outbreak area after the summer break. Whooping Cough is a bacterial infection that causes severe cough, lasting for weeks. In severe cases, it can lead to pneumonia, convulsions and can be life-threatening. Infants and young children are at greatest risk of serious complications. To protect you and loved ones from this disease, Alberta Health Services would like to make you aware of the following:
Prevention of Whooping Cough Whooping Cough can be prevented by a safe and effective vaccine. Ensuring you are up to date protects both you and the people around you and is particularly important for people caring for or working with young children. In addition to the routine childhood shots, adults are eligible to receive a booster dose if they have not received Whooping Cough-containing vaccine after age 18. Vaccine is offered free of charge through your local Public Health Unit. If you are uncertain about your immunization history, contact your local Public Health Unit or Health Link (811) to discuss immunization needs
Whooping Cough Illness
If you develop any of the symptoms below and think you might be sick with Whooping Cough, remain at home and avoid contact with young children and pregnant women in the third trimester. Contact your family physician or Health Link Alberta, (811) before seeking medical care. Whooping Cough is best treated early with antibiotics. Ill persons should stay home from work, school or childcare until five days of antibiotics have been completed.
Symptoms of Whooping Cough include:
a persistent cough which is worse at night,
a cough which may be accompanied by a whooping sound when breathing in
coughing spells which may be followed by vomiting or gagging .
For more information on Whooping Cough, please call Health Link Alberta (811). For more information on Whooping Cough vaccine, visit the Alberta Health Services Immunization website at www.immunizealberta.ca/i-need-know-more/common guestions/whooping-cough