Influenza Preparedness

Wash hands frequently using soap and water for 20 seconds:

Before:
    * Handling or eating food or feeding others
    * Brushing or flossing teeth
    * Inserting or removing contact lenses
    * Treating wounds or cuts 
    * Touching your eyes, nose or mouth in any way.

After:
    * Having any contact with a person who has influenza or with their immediate environment  
    * Using the toilet or assisting children in the bathroom
    * Blowing your nose or wiping a child’s nose
    * Coughing or sneezing.

When soap and water are not available, hand sanitizers are an excellent choice to use if hands are not visibly dirty.

CRPS is making sure everyone in the schools has access to sinks and soap. Where this is not possible, hand sanitizer is available.

 

Promote proper health etiquette

Encourage sick students and staff to remain at home and seek medical attention as necessary. If you or anyone in your family feels ill, you can obtain information by calling HEATHLink Alberta at 1-866-408-5465. HEALTHLink Alberta is a 24 hours a day, seven days a week telephone health advice and information service provided by registered nurses. View online health information at HEALTHLinkAlberta.ca. If you are not recovering or your symptoms are getting worse, call your doctor for an appointment.

  • Covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, preferably with a tissue.
  • Throwing away tissues after wiping your nose, sneezing or coughing.
  • Coughing into your elbow, not your hand, if no tissue is available. The elbow provides a better seal to prevent germs from spreading and does not contaminate your hand.   
  • Keeping personal items separate if a household member has influenza.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are experiencing influenza-like symptoms.
  • Not sharing personal items, food or drinks.
  • Maintaining good health, including drinking plenty of water, not smoking, exercising regularly and eating nutritious meals, getting lots of sleep.

 

The following information and resources may be of assistance in providing strategies to minimize the risk of infection.