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Health unit declares widespread influenza activity in Simcoe Muskoka

Jan 05, 2015
Simcoe Muskoka Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner has issued a declaration of widespread influenza activity in Simcoe Muskoka.

SIMCOE MUSKOKA ­– Simcoe Muskoka Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner has issued a declaration of widespread influenza activity in Simcoe Muskoka.

The declaration comes after assessing the flu activity in the community, a process that looks at emergency department visits, lab-confirmed cases of influenza, institutional outbreaks and physician reports of fever and influenza-like illness.

Dr. Gardner explained that the formal declaration, which includes informing the Ministry of

Health and Long-Term Care and Public Health Ontario of the local situation, serves to communicate to health care partners the need to enact policies and strategies to control the further spread of influenza, particularly within health care facilities.

With widespread influenza now in the community, the general public should protect themselves against influenza using the following measures:

  • being vaccinated annually against the flu; while this year’s vaccine is a less than ideal match to the circulating H3N2 flu strain, it may still provide some cross protection, and continues to offer protection against other influenza viruses such as influenza B,
  • frequent hand washing,
  • staying home and avoiding contact with other people when ill,
  • call your doctor or health care provider if:        
    • you don’t start to feel better after a few days,
    • your symptoms get worse,
    • you have medical conditions and develop flu symptoms,
    • you can also call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 to talk to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

More information about influenza is available on the health unit’s website at

www.simcoemuskokahealth.org, or by calling Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1- 877-721-7520 weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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