Renfrew County and District Health Unit works to increase public awareness of how to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
How to Protect Yourself & Your Family
Clean your hands
Washing your hands correctly is the best way to protect yourself against many infectious diseases like colds and the flu. If you are sick, hand washing helps to prevent spreading the illness to others.
How to handwash (PDF)
Government of Canada – Hand Hygiene
Cover your cough
Serious respiratory illnesses like the flu, respiratory syncytial virus, and whooping cough are spread by:
- Coughing or sneezing
- Touching contaminated surfaces, then bringing your hands to your face
To help stop the spread of germs:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve – not your hands
- Put your used tissue in the waste basket and wash your hands as soon as possible
Cover Your Cough (PDF)
Immunization is also called vaccination, needles and shots. Getting immunized is a safe and effective way of preventing many serious diseases that are contagious. See our Immunization page.
Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Stay home when you are sick
If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
More information about infectious diseases:
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care – Diseases and Conditions
Caring for Kids – Illnesses and Infections
Influenza is a serious illness that affects the airways and spreads easily from infected people through coughing and sneezing. Influenza can cause severe, life‐threatening illness for people in high‐risk groups. People at high risk are under 24 months, age 65 years and over, and anyone with chronic health conditions.
Anyone can get the flu. Flu shots are available free for all Ontario residents over 6 months of age.
Flu shots are available through your local pharmacy, health care provider, and Renfrew County and District Health Unit. Our flu clinics are in late fall. At other times, make an appointment to visit one of our immunization clinics.
Government of Canada – Flu (Influenza)