Public Health Reports Influenza Outbreaks in Two Local Retirement Residences

Written by admin, November 27, 2012

November 27, 2012 –  Flu Shot Advised for All Community Members

The Peterborough Public Health reported influenza outbreaks at two local retirement residences today and reiterated the call to community members to get their flu shots.

“With further confirmation of influenza activity in our community we strongly advise all local residents, and especially healthcare workers, to get their flu shot to prevent spreading it to our most vulnerable populations,” said Edwina Dusome, Manager of Infectious Disease Programs.  “Seniors are considered particularly high risk so now is the time to protect yourself and others before the holiday visitation season begins.”

The Public Health posts outbreak notices on its website to advise healthcare workers on infection control procedures to be undertaken to prevent the spread of illness.  This is located on www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca on the Health Professionals section under “Alerts” or by clicking here.

The Public Health will be holding its final community seasonal flu vaccination clinic of the season on Wednesday, November 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Activity Haven, 180 Barnardo Avenue in Peterborough.

With flu season underway, in addition to getting the flu shot Public Health encourages everyone to wash their hands regularly, use good respiratory etiquette and to stay home when ill to prevent the spread of influenza.

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For further information, please contact:

Sarah McBride, RN
(705) 743-1000, ext. 281