The Ontario government has a plan to prevent a worst-event scenario in its bid to avert the worst of the flu pandemic.
The provincial government says it will launch a national public awareness campaign to encourage Canadians to take antibiotics during flu season, a plan that will also be implemented nationally in the coming weeks.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday the province has made “an aggressive effort” to prevent pandemic-like events such as a spike in infections among children and seniors.
In the coming months, the province will also work with provincial health ministries and other partners to implement measures to reduce the number of cases, Wynne said.
“This will be a national initiative,” Wynne said in a statement.
“It is a great opportunity to reduce exposure and to protect ourselves and the community.
I think we’ve got a good shot of success.”
Public awareness campaignThe government will also launch a public awareness project, Wynne added.
The campaign will include a social media campaign, posters, leaflets and an online tool that encourages people to call the provincial health department or Health Canada if they suspect a person is ill.
The province has not yet launched a public-health advisory for flu season.
Ontarians should know that if they do contract influenza and need to seek medical attention, they should be aware of the following:The flu is a respiratory illness caused by the H5N1 strain of influenza.
In some cases, people become ill with the flu as a result of exposure to the virus.
Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, runny nose and sore throat.
The flu can be passed from person to person through direct contact or contact with bodily fluids, such as blood.
The virus can also spread through coughing and sneezing.
The flu is contagious for up to two weeks after the onset of symptoms.
It is also a common cause of pneumonia.