The H1N1 flu virus is widespread across Ontario.

TO: ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITES
FROM: HEALTH CANADA, FIRST NATIONS AND INUIT HEALTH
SUBJECT:H1N1 FLU AND LARGE GATHERINGS
DATE: JUNE 24th, 2009

The H1N1 flu virus is widespread across Ontario. This notice describes measures to prevent the spread of the virus within a community. The decision to use these measures should be made on a case-by-case basis in collaboration with health authorities, based on the severity of illness in the community. Issues to consider are the need to reduce spread within and between communities and the strain on community resources which are needed to respond to the outbreak. If the outbreak causes only mild illness these measures may not be necessary.

First Nations Leadership may wish to consider:

  • Cancelling or postponing large social gatherings in the community, including church services, sporting events, summer camps, powwows and jamborees
  • Asking all members of the community to avoid all non-essential travel

If a large or other public gathering is going to be held, event organizers should consider the following:

  • Have you communicated and consulted with chief and council and health centre staff in order to evaluate and manage any risks to health with regards to the upcoming event?
  • Are you able to make widely available at the event hand washing facilities with soap and running water, hand sanitizers and tissues?
  • Have you considered providing participants with health promotion materials on infection control?
  • Have you encouraged those who are not feeling well to stay at home?

Visit the following web-site or call the toll-free line for information regarding the H1N1 flu virus, infection control practices, how to care for family members and how to avoid contracting the virus.

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