First Case of Influenza Confirmed in Algoma


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 Jonathon 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. To book an appointment, please call 541-2332 or 1-800-469-2449. Learn more about the flu. [author ]Algoma Public Health (APH) is a public health agency committed to improving health and reducing social inequities in health through evidence-informed practice. APH has a main office in Sault Ste. Marie and three offices in the Algoma district: Blind River, Elliot Lake and Wawa. We have 200 employees who deliver provincially legislated public health services and community programs. We are governed by an autonomous Board of Health and have strong community partnerships throughout the Algoma district. APH is one of 36 non-profit public health agencies funded by local and provincial governments. We work with individuals, families and community partners to promote and protect health and to prevent disease[/author]


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