H1N1 Wrap Up Media Release
Health Unit Thanks the Community
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is continuing to monitor and inform the public about Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (formerly named Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus). It is a respiratory illness that causes symptoms similar to those of regular seasonal influenza.
If you have questions or concerns, please call the Health ACTION Line at 1-800-660-5853 or 613-345-5685 to speak with a Public Health Nurse.
Weekdays - Between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm
E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
(Messages answered within 2 working days)
If you are a member of the media and want further information or an interview please contact email@example.com. We will not be releasing updated numbers of cases, please check the activity report below for the most up to date statistics.
Level of H1N1 Activity Including Number of Cases:
December 4, 2009
Influenza-like symptoms include:
- fever of more than 38ºC and cough,
- sore throat, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue or aching muscles.
- adults over 65 may not experience fever.
- in children under 5, gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, diarrhea, vomiting) may also be present. Fever may not be present in individuals under 5 years of age or 65 years and older.
When to Seek Medical Attention
Influenza Self-Assessment Tools
Use this online tool to help you determine if you or your child has influenza and who you should contact.
Fact Sheets (from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care)
Community Flu Assessment and Treatment Centre Information
To prevent the spread of influenza:
- CLEAN YOUR HANDS: Wash your hands for at least 15 seconds with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- COVER YOUR COUGH OR SNEEZE: Cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve if no tissue is available. Throw away tissues after sneezing, coughing or wiping your nose or your child’s nose and clean your hands.
- DISINFECT SURFACES and ITEMS: Regularly disinfect hard surfaces such as counters and door knobs. Do not share personal items or drinks. Individuals with influenza-like illness should not share personal items with others.
- STAY HOME IF YOU ARE ILL: Avoid large crowds of people where viruses can spread easily. Stay home when you are sick. Return to work or school when your fever is gone and you feel better. A lingering cough is normal.
- GET IMMUNIZED: Get the seasonal influenza vaccine early if you are 65 years of age or older or live in a long term care home. The H1N1 influenza vaccine will be available in November. For more information on the influenza immunization strategy, see “Tips to Stay Healthy” at www.ontario.ca/flu.
If you are experiencing influenza-like symptoms, please stay home from school, childcare centres, work, and/or recreational activities such as sports and social clubs. Avoid going to the emergency department unless you are recommended to do so by your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000).
If your symptoms worsen, contact your health care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000). Adults and children with underlying medical conditions, children under the age of 5 years, and pregnant women who develop symptoms should contact your healthcare provider IMMEDIATELY.