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H1N1 Surge Prompts Calls for Albertans to Get Their Flu Shot

Alberta’s Health Minister is asking Albertans to get their flu shots following a surge in the number of influenza cases across the province. In a statement released January 6th, Fred Horne announced that almost a thousand cases of H1N1 have been confirmed since January 1st. In addition, hundreds of Albertans have been hospitalized and several have died after being admitted to the intensive care unit. While the numbers are similar to those from last year, health officials say they are seeing younger working age adults being hospitalized. Only one in five Albertans and about half of the province’s health care workers have been immunized so far this flu season. Horne says these rates aren’t high enough to adequately protect Albertans, their families and communities. It’s important for employers to keep their employees safe and educated on the importance of getting vaccinated. Beyond vaccination there are also a few things that you and your employees can to do help minimize the spread. Minimize the spread of H1N1 by following these tips:

1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and keep your distance when you are sick.

2. Stay home from work when you are sick to prevent others from catching it.

3. Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

4. Washing your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because it encourages the spread of germs.

With experience showing that the more accessible the flu shot is, the more likely people are to get vaccinated, DriverCheck can bring flu clinics directly to your workplace. To arrange an on-site clinic for your employees, contact Erin at erivers@drivercheck.ca.