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SCHR asks for cooperation

Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) is asking for the cooperation and understanding of visitors to its health care facilities as it enters the prime season for influenza and other viral illnesses.

Each year, SCHR experiences clusters and outbreaks of respiratory and gastro-intestinal illness in its health care facilities. In most cases, outbreaks result in restricted visiting and the use of resident/patient infection control precautions to help control spread of the disease.

"Respiratory and gastrointestinal illness is prevalent in the general community, so it is not unexpected that residents, patients and staff in some facilities will come down with these illnesses throughout the year," said Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer for SCHR.

"We need the help of visitors to these facilities to limit the spread of the illness," she says.

There are several ways to help prevent the spread of respiratory and gastrointestinal illness in the general community, and to prevent spread to vulnerable people in health facilities.
 Careful hand washing:
• Wash your hands often, and well. Use warm water and soap, and scrub for at least 20 seconds.
• Always wash your hands after coughing or blowing your nose, after using the washroom, before eating or preparing food, and after helping someone who is ill (such as an ill child).
 Staying at home if you are not feeling well and not returning to work or school until your symptoms have ended.
 Don't visit health care facilities if you have cold, flu like symptoms, diarrhea or vomiting.
 Protect yourself and your loved ones - get vaccinated against influenza!


Media: For more information, please call Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer, Sun Country Health Region at 530-1859.

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