Protecting our veteran residents from cold & flu
The number one priority at the Veterans Centre is the health and safety of our residents and staff. The elderly and those with chronic conditions, are particularly vulnerable and at high risk for developing serious and life threatening complications, if they develop a cold or influenza.
As we head into flu season, here's what you can do to help.
1. Get your flu shot!
The flu vaccine is protective and it is effective! You can get the flu shot from your family physician, some pharmacies or at one of Toronto Public Health's flu clinics (visit their website for locations and dates). By protecting yourself you are also protecting your loved ones. During a flu outbreak, visitors who have not had their flu vaccination will not be able to visit an outbreak unit. All paid companions hired by the family must have an annual flu shot.
2. Don't visit if you are sick!
Please do not come to visit if you have any of the following symptoms: a cough, sore throat, runny nose, fever, muscle aches, diarrhea or have experienced vomiting. Every single person who enters the Centre can bring an unwanted virus from the community to our residents.
3. Practice good hand hygiene!
Please remember to wash your hands upon entering the Veterans Centre, upon entering a resident care unit and again upon entering and exiting a resident's room. The most effective way of protecting yourself and those around you from getting sick is to wash your hands frequently.
Outbreaks are completely preventable and our number one priority is the health and safety of our residents and staff. If we work together we can prevent outbreaks and the spread of infection.