December 21, 2017
Public Health confirms first cases of Influenza in Oxford
Residents are encouraged to get vaccinated and to practice protective measures
Oxford County Public Health has received laboratory confirmation that the flu virus has arrived in Oxford County. Two adults have tested positive for the virus and are currently receiving treatment in the hospital. One individual tested positive for influenza A, while the second is infected with a B-strain virus. Both strains routinely circulate in humans each flu season.
These two cases mark the first confirmed flu activity in Oxford County for the 2017-2018 season. Across the province, 414 lab-confirmed cases of influenza have been reported so far.
The flu is a serious respiratory illness that spreads easily from person-to-person. Symptoms can last anywhere from two to 10 days, and in some cases can lead to pneumonia and even death. Anyone can catch the flu, but young children, older adults and people with underlying health conditions are most at risk for complications from the flu. Getting an annual flu shot is your best defence against catching and spreading the virus.
The flu vaccine is available at no cost from your family doctor or health care professional, and at participating pharmacies for individuals five years of age and older. To find a nearby location, please visit www.ontario.ca/flu.
In addition to getting the flu vaccine, you can also protect yourself and those around you by:
- Washing your hands often
- Covering your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Avoiding touching your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands
- Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and shared items
- Staying home when you are sick
More information about the flu, including weekly influenza summary reports, can be found online at www.oxfordcounty.ca/flu.
- Influenza is a serious respiratory illness that causes fever, severe muscle, and joint pain, coughing, and fatigue. Children may also experience earaches or stomach problems.
- The flu is not a cold. A cold is a mild infection of the upper respiratory passages caused by a rhinovirus, which is different from an influenza virus.
- The flu strain that circulates can change from year to year, and experts change the vaccine each year in response. That’s why it’s important to get vaccinated every flu season.
- Children and youth between the ages of two and 17 years can get the flu vaccine as an injection or nasal spray.
- Getting the flu vaccine does not cause the flu. The viruses in the flu vaccine are either killed or weakened and cannot cause the flu.
- For more information visit www.ontario.ca/flu.
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
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