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Spread Holiday Cheer, Not Illness

This page was reviewed or revised on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 4:30 PM

Point Edward, ON – With three (3) confirmed cases of influenza (the flu) in Lambton County, Lambton Public Health offers a simple holiday reminder: share cheer, not illness, with family and friends.

"We spend more time together during the holidays, and being together increases the risk of spreading some illnesses, like influenza (respiratory) as well as gastrointestinal illnesses (vomiting and diarrhea) such as norovirus," said Erin Courtney, supervisor with Lambton Public Health.

To reduce the risk of getting sick or spreading illness this winter, Lambton Public Health offers some simple tips:

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
  • Cough in your sleeve (upper arm) to avoid getting germs on your hands.
  • Make sure regularly-touched surfaces are cleaned frequently.
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid visiting others (especially the elderly and young children).
  • Get the flu shot

Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, and getting enough rest will also keep you healthy.

If you haven't had the flu shot, it is available by appointment at your local health-care provider, Lambton Public Health, and select pharmacies. Call 519-383-8331, toll free 1-800-667-1839 or visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca and click on flu shot clinics for more information.

For more information about Lambton County, visit www.lambtononline.ca.

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Contact:

Lori Lucas
Supervisor
County of Lambton
Telephone: 519-383-8331 ext. 3574
email: lori.lucas@county-lambton.on.ca