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Protect Yourself and Others This Flu Season

13-11-2019

Windsor Regional Hospital wants you to stay well this flu season and stay away from the hospital if you have the flu.

The video and information below includes helpful tips on how you can protect yourself and others this flu season.

 

 

FLU FAQ's

What is influenza?

Commonly known as "the flu", influenza is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms range in severity. The most common symptoms include high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pains, headache, coughing, sneezing, and fatigue.

How is influenza spread?

Influenza is easily spread from person to person through breathing, coughing and sneezing. Germs can also spread when a person touches objects containing tiny droplets from coughs and sneezes (ie. door handle or shopping cart) and then touches their own mouth, eyes or nose before washing their hands.

How can I protect myself and others?

  • Get the flu shot. It's available to everyone 6 months and older.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use gel hand sanitizers.
  • Cough into your arm.
  • If you are experiencing flu symptoms, stay home.

At Windsor Regional Hospital our number one priority is the health and safety of our patients. If you are experiencing flu symptoms, please stay home, get better and come see us when you are feeling better.

Where can I get a flu shot?

Flu shots are available at your family doctor's office and at most pharmacies including the retail pharmacies at both Windsor Regional Hospital campuses.

We Care Pharmacy, Ouellette Campus, Goyeau St. Lobby

Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Cancer Centre Pharmacy, Met Campus, Ground floor of the Cancer Centre
Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm

When is it safe for me to visit WRH after having the flu?

People infected with the flu virus can spread it to others until approximately 1-3 days before your symptoms start and up to 5 days after symptoms appear. Please refrain from visiting patients at the hospital during this time.

What happens to patients in the hospital who have the flu?

If you are admitted with flu-like symptoms, staff in the hospital will use extra precautions to prevent the spread of flu to other patients and to protect themselves. They will use a mask with eye protection, as well as gloves and a gown when they provide care to you.

If a patient with flu-like symptoms must share a room with others, nurses will keep the curtain around the patient's bed space closed and the patient will be asked to wear a mask when outside of their room. Patients and staff must be sure to clean their hands often.

When should I come to the hospital if I do have flu symptoms?

Most cases of the flu tend to be mild. However, if you do not start to feel better after a few days or if your symptoms get worse, you should either contact your health care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

Individuals who are pregnant; have heart or lung disease; have any other chronic health problem that requires regular medical attention; are elderly or frail; or have an illness or are receiving treatments that might affect your immune system - for example, for diabetes, cancer, or HIV/AIDS - are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications.

Seek urgent medical attention if you begin to experience difficulty breathing or severe shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting.

 

Thank you for helping us to protect WRH patients and staff this flu season!

 

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