Widespread and peak flu activity declared in Simcoe County
Widespread and peak flu activity declared in Simcoe County
Posted on 01/16/2017
On January 16, 2017, the Simcoe Muskoka District HealthSimcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Unit declared widespread influenza activity in Simcoe County. This widespread activity will likely last for two to four weeks. 

In response to this declaration, Waypoint will be on heightened awareness of the signs and symptoms of influenza. Additional signage has been posted at all hospital entrances and we are encouraging vigilant hand hygiene practices for everyone to limit transmission of the virus. We are also asking visitors to stay home if they are unwell.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is also encouraging the general public to be even more vigilant in protecting themselves against influenza using the following measures.

Ensure the entire family is vaccinated annually against theflu. This year’s vaccine provides a close match to the circulating H3N2 flu strain. It will also provide protection against influenza B, which often appears later in the season.

Other prevention measures include frequent hand washing, staying home and avoiding contact with other people when ill; and practising good sleep and nutrition habits.

Call your doctor or health care provider if:    
* you don’t start to feel better after a few days,
* your symptoms get worse,
* you have medical conditions and develop flu symptoms,
* you can also call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 to talk to a registered nurse 24 hours a day,
   7 days a week.

More information about influenza is available on the health unit’s website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org, or by calling Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1- 877-721-7520 weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.