We were very fortunate that the H1N1 pandemic of last year was not as severe as it could have been. Viral pandemics can occur and the virus mutates to a more severe form that causes even more severe illness or death, OR it can cause less illness over its life course. The lessons learned from the H1N1 pandemic are important.
Now is the time to review some lessons on H1N1.
First, KEEP WASHING YOUR HANDS! Basic protocol around handwashing and protecting others from your sneeze/cough remains important. Keep cleaning items that may contain your (or other people's body fluids/saliva).
Second, consider a yearly flu shot. If you have chronic illness or want some extra protection, consider this protection in October/November each year.
Third, when ill - stay at home - clean well and try not to spread to other people.
Fourth, Be media savvy - Know good sources of information for flu viruses World Health Organization www.who.org or Centre for Disease control www.cdc.org Limit your exposure to the H1N1 virus and should we become ill, follow the proper procedures to treat the virus and limit its spread.
“We are a very tight community here and at any time, we can have up to 10,000 people on campus,” Weber says. “Those are perfect conditions for the spreading of germs so we have to do all we can to limit our risks.” If you feel you are getting sick, please call the Health Centre at 403-329-2484. It is very important for us to speak with you before your arrival. “If you feel as though you are getting sick, please call us before you come down to the Health Centre,” Weber says. “It is very important we are prepared for your arrival so that we can limit your exposure to other people at the Health Centre.”
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Following these basic steps can protect your health.