The fall means respiratory illness season has arrived. Respiratory viruses including COVID-19, Influenza, and RSV will be circulating.
Protect yourself and those you care for by getting vaccinated.
This fall you can get both your flu and COVID-19 vaccines at one of the many Porcupine Health Unit clinics in the area.
The vaccines are safe and effective and the best protection available against flu and COVID-19.
Your choice of protection may change based on these considerations. For example, if you’re at higher risk, you might choose to wear a mask even when others are not.
Once you’ve assessed your personal risk, you're ready to decide on the right layers of protection. Finding the right balance between safety and comfort is key. Consider what works best for you in keeping both you and your community healthy.
Just like dressing in layers can help you adjust to changing temperatures, using multiple layers of protection can help protect you from respiratory viruses:
The annual flu vaccine and the updated fall COVID-19 vaccine are the first defense against respiratory illnesses.
Regular and proper handwashing can greatly reduce the spread of germs.
When you are out and about, carry hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
Masks are a simple and powerful tool to help protect everyone from respiratory illnesses. When you wear a mask, you’re looking out for your health and the health of people around you.
A mask should be worn:
Consider wearing a mask in busy indoor spaces, especially if you or someone close to you is more likely to get really sick from COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.
Increase ventilation in indoor settings by opening windows or using air purifiers.
If you’re feeling sick, the best thing to do is stay home. This not only gives you the chance to recover but also prevents the spread of illness to others.
Each protective measure you take plays an important role. Stay updated and choose your layers of protection with care!
Staying up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines offers the best protection from serious illness.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory disease. It's most common from October to April. The best way to stay safe from the flu is to get the flu shot, and it's good for everyone over 6 months old.
Reports on premises where an infection prevention and control lapse was identified through the assessment of a complaint or referral, or though communicable disease surveillance.
Respiratory Syncytial Viru (RSV) affects the lungs and breathing. It's commonly found in young children but also significantly impacts the respiratory health of older adults.