Tips to fight the flu
Influenza or ‘the flu’ is a disease caused by the influenza A or B virus that infects the nose, throat and lungs. Flu symptoms include sudden onset of fever (38°C+), cough and one or more of the following: headache, muscle aches, sore throat, or malaise.
The flu can lead to serious complications, particularly in young children, older adults, people with underlying medical conditions, or in pregnant women. Influenza is different from the common cold, which is caused by a variety of other viruses and usually does not cause a person to feel ill or lead to complications.
As part of Yukon Hospitals’ Influenza Campaign, we’ve updated and increased signage in our Emergency Departments and hospital entrances to help alert patients with respiratory symptoms to be vigilant with hand hygiene and wear a mask before approaching the Admitting desk. New signage also encourages visitors who feel unwell (e.g. Respiratory or Gastrointestinal symptoms) to defer their visit until symptom-free.
If you’re planning to visit family or friends at the hospital and feel like you have a fever or chills, a cough, or difficulty breathing, please defer your visit until you’re well.
If you’re sick and need to go to the Emergency Department and feel like you have a fever or chills, a cough, or difficulty breathing, please clean your hands using hand sanitizer or soap and water and put on a mask as soon as you enter the hospital.
As a reminder, the best ways to prevent the flu are:
- Get your flu shot annually
- Be vigilant with hand hygiene (in hospital, use alcohol-based hand rub)
- Cover mouth/nose when coughing/sneezing, followed by hand hygiene
- If wearing a mask, complete hand hygiene first (and after removal)
- If you touch your face or mask, immediately repeat hand hygiene