Laboratory testing has confirmed the first case of influenza A in the Algoma district.
“Influenza can be a serious disease especially in those with other health concerns,” said Jon Bouma, Manager, Environmental Health and Communicable Disease Control. “The best way to prevent illness is to get a flu shot.”
People of any age can get the flu. Illness due to influenza usually lasts two to seven days; sometimes longer in the elderly and in people with chronic diseases. Most people who get influenza are ill for only a few days. However, some people can become very ill, possibly developing complications and requiring hospitalization.
In addition to flu immunization, there are other precautions you can take to help prevent getting the flu and spreading it to others:
· Wash your hands thoroughly and often may reduce your chances of getting sick.
· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
· If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve – not into your hands.
· Avoid sharing food, eating utensils, towels or handkerchiefs.
· Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (gel or wipes) handy at work, home, and in the car.
It’s not too late to get your flu shot. You can get the free flu shot from:
· Your primary healthcare provider
· Participating pharmacies
In the Algoma district, those 5 and older can get a flu shot at 28 pharmacies. You can use this map to help you find a location near you. Refer to our website for public health flu clinics available in each district location at www.algomapublichealth.com along with more information on influenza.