During flu season - regularly December-April - there can be higher than normal levels of flu in our community and in many healthcare facilities. It is during those times West Park takes extra care to protect our patients and staff from illness. The flu can be dangerous to our patients and we depend on a healthy staff to care for our patients.
Be a Flu Fighter and help keep our patients safe.
Here’s what you need to know.
Feel sick? Stay at home
If you feel unwell and are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including a new cough, increased shortness of breath, fever, sore throat, muscle aches or fatigue, please do not visit West Park. Contact your doctor’s office to determine what type of care you need.
If your doctor’s office is closed or if you don’t have a family doctor, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 to speak to a nurse who will help with any health-related question. Telehealth is free and open 24 hours a day.
As always, if your condition is serious, visit your nearest Emergency Department.
To find health care options in your community, visit ontario.ca/healthcareoptions or call 1-866-330-6206.
If you don’t have a health-care provider, you can register for the Health Care Connect Program or call: 1-800-445-1822.
How can you protect yourself and others?
Get your flu shot!
The flu shot is a vaccine that protects against some strains of the influenza (flu) virus. Because flu strains change every year, so does the flu shot. The most effective way to prevent the spread of the flu is by getting a flu shot and washing your hands regularly. To learn more about the flu shot, visit www.ontario.ca/page/flu-facts.
Who shouldn’t get the flu shot?
- Infants six months old and younger
- Individuals with severe allergic reactions to egg or egg proteins or any component of the vaccine – check with your doctor
- Those with history of neurological illness such as Guillain-Barre syndrome
Wash your hands often and thoroughly in warm, soapy water or use hand sanitizer.
Keep alcohol-based hand sanitizer handy.
Cough and sneeze in your arm, not your hand.
Keep common surfaces and items clean and disinfected.
Stay home if you’re sick. Contact a health care provider if your symptoms worsen.
Outbreaks at West Park
There are currently no outbreaks at West Park.