Cold and flu season has arrived!

December 15, 2017 —It’s influenza and gastroenteritis (“stomach flu”) season!
With reports showing an increase in virus activity throughout eastern Ontario, Brockville General Hospital is asking for your support in reducing the spread of infection this winter.
Our youngest and oldest community members, and those with compromised immune systems, are the most vulnerable to the season’s cold and flu viruses.  At BGH, patients in hospital are at an increased risk because their bodies are already working hard to recover from their illness or injury. When germs enter the hospital from well-meaning family or visitors, it puts all hospital patients at risk.
To protect your loved ones while in hospital:
·       Do not visit BGH if you have a runny nose, cough, fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea
·       Please wear a mask if you have a cough, runny nose, and/or sore throat
·       Limit the number of people who accompany patients to the Emergency department and outpatient clinics.
·       Clean your hands frequently, but especially upon arrival and before leaving the hospital
These precautions are practical but important because it will likely be a nasty cold and flu season!  Reports are showing that the number of people who have been admitted to regional hospitals for cold and flu symptoms are already higher than anticipated.
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit have already confirmed influenza season has officially started in the area, with the expectation that the influenza season will peak early this year likely around the end of December or beginning of January.
BGH is also increasing their infection prevention and control practices, to help reduce the possible spread of infection.  BGH wants to remind the public that the best defense against the flu is frequent hand washing and the flu vaccine. 

Abby McIntyre
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Brockville General Hospital
613-345-5649 ext. 1504