Blog Post: Flu Season Is Upon Us

There is no sure-fire way to prevent the flu, but there are steps you can take to lessen your chances of contracting it. It’s re-commended that everyone, especially those in high risk groups such as children, seniors and health care workers, get vaccinated against the flu. Here at the Village we try to make this option as easy as possible by offering Flu Clinics every year as well as having drop-in dates available. Staff and residents are invited to stop by the Wellness Centre for information on when you can get a flu shot here at Luther Village.

One of the other best preventions is hand hygiene. We can often stop the spread of germs with everyday tasks such as covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; throwing the tissue in the trash after you use it and washing your hands; coughing or sneezing into your elbow rather than your hands. Wash your hands often with soap and water or you can use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

The symptoms of Influenza are headache, fever, general aches and pains, extreme fatigue and weakness, runny stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, chest discomfort and coughing. If you are ill with two or more of the above symptoms and these symptoms are not usual for you, please contact a nurse or our Wellness Coordinator. It is best to stay home as much as possible if you are diagnosed with the flu, as this limits the number of people coming into contact with influenza germs and therefore decreases the chances of spreading them to others. Don’t forget: A shot of prevention means no infection!

Sara Nelson
Charge Nurse