December 07, 2016
Flu is here: Oxford County has first lab confirmed case of influenza
Public Health encouraging people to protect themselves and their family by getting vaccinated
Oxford County Public Health is reporting a confirmed case of influenza in the community. An adult has tested positive for the “Influenza A” strain and was hospitalized.
The confirmed case is an indication that influenza is circulating in Oxford County. The confirmation does not come as a surprise, as surrounding areas including Brant, Waterloo Region and Perth County also have confirmed cases. Over 200 cases have been confirmed across the province.
Members of the public are encouraged to help prevent catching and spreading the flu by getting the flu vaccine. It is your best defence against the illness that can lead to more serious health implications like pneumonia.
The vaccine is still available from participating family doctors’ offices, health care professionals, or participating pharmacies (individuals 5 years of age or older) and at Public Health by appointment.
The flu vaccine is funded by the Government of Ontario and is recommended for everyone over six months of age, especially young children, pregnant women, seniors, people with weakened immune systems, or a chronic health condition, and anyone who takes care of people in these groups.
About "the flu"
- Influenza, or “the flu,” is a respiratory illness that causes fever, severe muscle and joint aches, coughing, and fatigue. The flu can lead to pneumonia. It lasts five to seven days or longer.
- The flu is not a cold. A cold is a mild infection of the upper respiratory passages that is caused by other viruses such as rhinovirus, which is different from an influenza virus.
- For more information visit Fight Flu at http://www.fightflu.ca/index-eng.php
Preventing the spread of the flu
- Stay home until you have been without a fever for 24 hours and are feeling better.
- Get rest and drink fluids.
- Cough into a tissue or sleeve. Discard used tissues immediately.
- Wash hands frequently using soap and water or use an alcohol‐based hand sanitizer.
- Don’t share anything that goes in your mouth, such as utensils, drinking glasses or toothbrushes.
- Clean frequently touched objects like telephones and remotes often.
Social media and online content
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Facebook: Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services
About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, Oxford County has a population of approximately 111,700 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. One of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, Oxford County also boasts a rapidly expanding commercial and industrial sector that is bolstered by its choice location at the crossing of Highways 401 and 403. The County is home to 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. 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.
Adam Nyp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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