Precautions to stop the flu from spreading are being ramped up in Muskoka. Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare is monitoring influenza levels in the community, and screening patients for symptoms at triage and patient registration in the hospital. It says anyone who is experiencing symptoms like a sudden onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath or joint pain must wear a mask.

MAHC says you can help to prevent the virus from spreading by washing your hands or using a hand sanitizer, sneezing or coughing into your elbow, and avoid touching your face. MAHC CEO Natalie Bubela says if you’re visiting someone at the hospital it’s important to use the basic methods of infection prevention, and if you’re feeling sick stay home. She also notes one way to protect each other is by getting the flu shot. She says it’s the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones, and helps to lessen the severity of the illness.

As of December 12th, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit had 49 confirmed cases of the flu. Fifteen of those cases were reported last week. Find the closest spot to get your flu shot online.

 

Photo: Showing the current cases compared to historical cases, which traditionally spike over the holidays.