Obtain updates from the internet, radio, newspapers, and television.
Follow directions given by Saskatchewan Health and/or Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. Directions may change as more information becomes available about the characteristics of the particular virus causing the outbreak.
Recognize influenza symptoms By knowing the what symptoms are, you can recognize if you or a loved one has caught the flu and should stay home to recover.
Wash your hands often Frequently wash your hands to prevent the spread of disease.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth Most germs enter your body through these areas.
Stand away from other people Most influenza germs are transmitted within a 1 metre radius; therefore, establish a 1 metre buffer zone around yourself when you are with other people.
Avoid large crowds and restrict your travel Large crowds and crowded planes or buses are ideal for the spread of influenza, so consider staying at home.
Don’t visit people who have the flu A visit to a sick friend may cause you to be infected.
When caring for those with the flu
Keep loved ones at home to recover This will help prevent the flu from spreading.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth after caring for someone Most germs enter your body through these areas.
Take loved ones to a health care provider as needed Infected individuals should wear a mask when visiting the doctor to prevent the spread of germs.
Follow any instructions given by medical personnel Implementing infection control procedures can prevent the flu from spreading through your household if you are caring for someone infected.
Wear mask and gloves You should wear a surgical mask and gloves when in direct contact with a coughing individual.
Don’t share eating utensils or drinks If a family member is sick, keep their personal items (e.g. towels and toothbrushes) separate from those of the rest of the family.
When you’re sick with the flu
Stay at home! If you go out when you’re sick, you may spread your illness to your co-workers, classmates, and neighbours.
Get plenty of rest It may take you longer to get better if you are not well rested. The disease can last four to seven days and leave you with a cough and fatigue for several weeks.
Cover when you cough or sneeze Sneeze or cough into your elbow, shoulder or tissue. If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands immediately.
Follow any advice given by your doctor or medical personnel Wear a mask if you need to visit your doctor to prevent spreading germs through sneezing or coughing.
Don’t share eating utensils or drinks Keep your personal items (example: towels and toothbrushes) separate from those of the rest of the family.