This week’s guest blog is from Joanne Flewwelling, Executive Vice President, Clinical Services, and Chief Nursing Executive
At this time last year, we were locked in a deep freeze that we never thought would end. Even though this winter has been much kinder to us, any long stretch of cold weather makes me think of getting away for a few days to rest and recharge.
March Break is just around the corner. Whether you’re headed south for a tropical getaway or spending a few days on the slopes, our Live Well with Osler series has you covered. Find out the five things you should think about before travelling that can keep you safe and healthy during your trip.
One of the most important things to do before travelling anywhere is to make sure that vaccinations for you and your family members are up-to-date. This also includes the flu vaccine.
Compared to last year, we’ve had a pretty mild flu season mainly due to warmer temperatures and the vaccine being a good match to the virus. But flu season is far from over and we’re starting to see more flu activity at Osler and across the Central West region.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, vaccination is a personal choice and there are many reasons why I choose to get vaccinated every year. There are just as many reasons why others choose not to get vaccinated but the data speaks for itself. Receiving the flu vaccine helps to:
- Eliminate 30,000 visits to the emergency department;
- Avoid 1,000 hospitalizations; and,
- Prevent 300 deaths in Ontario.
The best way to prevent getting and spreading the flu is to get vaccinated. I encourage you to do your part in supporting a healthy community at work, at home and beyond by getting vaccinated against the flu.
There are many ways for you to get vaccinated against the flu. Make an appointment to see your family doctor or visit your pharmacist at participating a pharmacy (like Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall) while your stocking your first aid kit.