Reminder to Use Care During Flu Season in Eastern Zone

It’s cold and flu season.

While healthy people recover from a cold or the flu in relatively quick fashion, these illnesses can have a greater impact on young children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems or chronic illnesses including hospital patients and long-term care residents.

Because of this, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Eastern Zone is reminding people to use care when they visit any of its hospitals, community health centres and long-term care facilities in the Antigonish, Cape Breton and Guysborough areas.

People are reminded not to visit hospital patients or long-term care residents if they, or other people in their households are sick. Visitors who are not sick should always thoroughly clean their hands before and after they visit a patient or a resident.

Here are some other tips to help you get through cold and flu season:

• Get the flu shot.

• Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly after you’ve used the washroom, before you prepare food and after you’ve sneezed or blown your nose. If you can’t wash your hands, alcohol based hand sanitizers are also effective.

• If you’re sick, stay home until you feel better. That way you’re limiting the spread of illness and protecting your family, friends and co-workers.

• Cold and flu viruses can live on any surface so keep shared surfaces clean.

• Avoid close contact when possible with anyone who has flu-like symptoms.

• Avoiding large crowds can also help limit the spread of the flu.

• Cough or sneeze into your sleeve because the fabric traps the droplets and prevents others from breathing them in.

• Avoid touching your face with your hands because germs can enter your body through your eyes, nose or mouth.

For more information, visit www.nshealth.ca/news/flu-protect-yourself.

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Media Contact: Greg Boone
Communications & Public Relations
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